Turkey vs Wales: Preview, prediction, team news, betting tips and odds
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Wales and Turkey meet at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan in a huge Euro 2020 contest on matchday two in Group A.
The Dragons earned a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening match, while Turkey were well beaten 3-0 by co-hosts Italy.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Turkey vs Wales is scheduled for a 5pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The match will be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan.
Turkey vs Wales: Team news
Neither nation picked up any obvious new injury concerns in their respective opening matches.
However, while his attack rather picks itself with a fully-fit Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale joined by Dan James and target man Moore, stand-in Wales boss Robert Page could consider changes in defence and midfield - and maybe even a switch of formation - in a game that some will see as must-win.
The likes of Neco Williams, Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks will all be vying to come in.
For Turkey, top scorer in qualifying Cenk Tosun is missing with a serious knee injury, so the experienced Burak Yilmaz will expect to lead the line once more.
But it would not be a surprise to see Gunes make alterations after Friday night’s poor showing, with the likes of Leicester loanee Cengiz Under pushing to start.
Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır, Mert Günok, Uğurcan Çakır
Defenders: Zeki Çelik, Çağlar Söyüncü , Kaan Ayhan, Merih Demiral, Mert Müldür, Ozan Kabak, Rıdvan Yılmaz, Umut Meraş
Midfielders: Yusuf Yazıcı, Dorukhan Toköz, İrfan Can Kahveci, Okay Yokuşlu, Orkun Kökçü, Ozan Tufan, Taylan Antalyalı, Hakan Çalhanoğlu
Forwards: Burak Yılmaz, Cengiz Ünder, Enes Ünal, Abdülkadir Ömür, Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Halil İbrahim Dervişoğlu, Kenan Karaman
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Adam Davies
Defenders: Connor Roberts, Neco Williams, Chris Gunter, Joe Rodon, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham, Ben Cabango, Ben Davies, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Tom Lockyer
Midfielders: Joe Allen, Joe Morrell, Matthew Smith, Jonny Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Dylan Levitt, Rubin Colwill, Harry Wilson
Forwards: Daniel James, David Brooks, Tyler Roberts, Gareth Bale, Kieffer Moore
Turkey vs Wales: Match preview
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Rob Page accepted that Wales were somewhat fortunate to come away from their match against Switzerland on Saturday with a potentially vital point.
La Nati had double the number of shots than Wales and should have added to their lead after Breel Embolo had opened the scoring early in the second half.
However, some fine saves from Danny Ward kept the Dragons in the game and Kieffer Moore justified his selection by heading in an equaliser for Wales in the blistering Baku heat.
That leaves Wales in a decent position after the first set of fixtures in Group A, with a victory against Turkey on Wednesday effectively enough to seal a place in the last 16.
A defeat to a Turkey side that will be heavily supported in Azerbaijan, however, and all that will change.
Turkey also boast an impressive record against Wales, last losing in this fixture in 1981 when Gunes was in goal for the home side.
In fact, Page was also on the field when Wales last met Turkey some 24 years ago - a game that finished 6-4 in the Crescent-Stars' favour.
A similar high-scoring affair is not expected this time around, but both sides would happily accept a narrow one-goal victory if offered to them ahead of this latest encounter.
Turkey vs Wales Head-to-Head
Wales have a good record against Turkey and have won three out of six matches played between the two teams. Turkey have managed two victories against Wales and will want to level the playing field this week.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in 1997 and ended in a 6-4 victory for Turkey. Both teams have been impressive players in their ranks and will need to step up in this game.
Turkey form guide: L-W-D-W-D
Wales form guide: D-D-L-W-W
Turkey vs Russia: Betting tips
Both teams scored when these two sides last met and Turkey have only failed to score in two of their last six international matches and the same goes for Wales. Turkey couldn't find a way past Donnarumma in the Italian goal on matchday one but will get more chances to score against Wales. Wales conceded one goal, against Switzerland but in truth, it could have been more if not for the excellent performance of Ward between the sticks.
Wales Double Chance
Wales started brightly against Switzerland but then took a back seat for the majority of the match until they equalised late on. Robert Page's will be demanding a better performance from his players against Turkey and the Welsh will be expecting to see more of the ball in this game. Turkey really struggled against Italy and looked very tired in the second half, eventually losing 3-0. Wales will give Turkey more time on the ball but the performances of both nations on matchday one suggests that Wales will either win or hold Turkey to a draw.
Kieffer Moore to Score
Kieffer Moore had a fanstic season in the Championship with Cardiff City and started the game against Switzerland at the weekend. The striker headed Wales' equaliser and came close to scoring in the first half, so we expected the Turkish defence to struggle against his movement and ariel ability.
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