Preview:International Friendly -- Turkey VS Moldova

International Friendly - Turkey VS Moldova

Match Time: 03-06-2021 22:30 Thursday

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Match Preview

In this round of International Friendly, Turkey will play against Moldova at home. Since they came together in their post-season training camp, Turkey have already undertaken two of three preparatory friendlies ahead of their journey to Rome, to meet Italy in their opening game of the Euros.Having previously beaten neighbouring Azerbaijan 2-1 in Alanya earlier this week, veteran manager Senol Gunes saw his side's scheduled fixture with Northern Ireland cancelled due to travel restrictions, while another was hastily arranged against Guinea on Monday. A goalless draw with the West African nation presented Gunes with an opportunity to assess some fringe members of his 26-man squad, as they tune up for stiffer tests in the coming weeks.Now representing the final opportunity to impress their coach - who led the Crescent-Stars to third place in the 2002 World Cup - ahead of the summer's rescheduled Championships, this Thursday's game could help several members of a talented selection nail down starting spots for their big night at Stadio Olimpico.Having qualified with relative ease, Turkey are preparing for a tough Group A challenge, with Wales and Switzerland the other nations battling it out to advance to the knockout phase. Undoubtedly, then, they will want to maintain their fine form of recent months by avoiding defeat to minnows Moldova in their final warm-up.In fact, Turkey have suffered only three losses in their last 25 games in all competitions after getting their Qatar 2022 qualifying campaign off to a flying start earlier this spring.Gunes and company certainly made the world sit up and notice with a 4-2 victory over the Netherlands in Istanbul to start proceedings, as veteran striker Burak Yilmaz - now a Ligue 1 champion with Lille - netted a hat-trick and Milan's Hakan Calhanoglu also found the target.Taking a healthy total of seven points from their first three games to sit top of Group G will have delighted Turkey's legendarily passionate fans, who - particularly given the wealth of defensive talent at their team's disposal - are increasingly confident of enjoying a successful summer.Denmark's Lasse Schone in action with Moldova's Igor Armas Ritzau on March 28, 2021

 

Moldova's last international fixture, meanwhile, was a 4-1 home defeat to Israel in their third World Cup qualifier at the end of March. The Eastern European nation had gone into that fixture thoroughly deflated after conceding eight versus Denmark just days before, and are now without a win in 16 attempts.Former Napoli and Atalanta midfielder Roberto Bordin, who took over as coach just a few weeks previously, saw his side 5-0 down before the break against the Danes, before ultimately suffering the country's heaviest defeat on the international stage.Currently ranked 177th in the world, Moldova may have realistically low expectations - given they have lost 43 of their 61 qualifiers since being established as an independent football nation (winning only five) - but are now at an all-time low ebb.Having reached the dizzy heights of 37th in the world rankings back in 2008, they have failed to maintain that relatively lofty status and are expected only to battle gamely against defeat to Turkey.Captain Alexandru Epureanu will encounter some familiar faces on Thursday, as the Istanbul Basaksehir stalwart was a Turkish Lig champion just last year, but quality is otherwise in short supply throughout a modest Moldova squad.To conclude a so far forgettable 2020-21 season, Bordin's side next meet Azerbaijan in Chisinau, where the chances of success will be significantly higher for one of Europe's poorest relations.

 

Turkey possible starting lineup:Cakir; Celik, Soyuncu, Demiral, R. Yilmaz; Kokcu, Tufan, Yokuslu, Akturkoglu; Karaman, B. Yilmaz

 

Moldova possible starting lineup:Namasco; Jardan, Epureanu, Armas, Reabciuk; Carp; Rata, Ionita; Cojocari; Damascan, Nicolaescu

 

Odds Analysis

The bet365 1x2 first odds of this game are 1.17-7.00-9.00, the 1x2 live odds are 1.20-6.00-11.00.And the Kelly Criterion is 0.92-0.89-0.92. 

 

Goalooin Prediction:

Turkey (76.39%)

Draw (15.28%)

Moldova (8.33%)

 

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