Turkey vs Bosnia & Herzegovina - Both teams to settle for low-scoring stalemate

Goals to be scarce in tight contest
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Turkey face difficult match against a decent Bosnia team (Getty Images)

Turkey vs Bosnia & Herzegovina Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Turkey welcome Bosnia & Herzegovina to the Yeni Rize Sehir Stadium for an international friendly on Thursday. Both teams often give away very little at the back and should serve up a tight contest.

Turkey


The Turks are coming of a 3-2 victory away at Sweden in the UEFA Nations League back in September. They came back from two goals down as a strike from Hakan Calhanoglu and an Emre Akbaba brace helped them secure the win.

The Crescent Stars have struggled for consistency in their recent outings having claimed just three wins in their last 10 matches. Four of those fixtures have ended in draws while they have suffered defeats in the remaining three.

Manager Mircea Lucescu has called up much of the same players that played in the UNL back in September. Calhanoglu, Cenk Tosun and Yunus Malli were all impressive in those games and will be expected to feature on Thursday.

Turkish supporters will expect a perfomance from the hosts against Bosnia (Getty Images)

Bosnia & Herzegovina


The Bosnians will travel to Turkey off the back of a victory over Austria in their last international fixture. Edin Dzeko's goal on 78 minutes was the difference as they secured a 1-0 victory over the in-form Austrians.

Robert Prosinecki's team have impressed in their recent fixtures as they are currently unbeaten in their last six matches. They have claimed four wins in that run while the other two matches have ended in draws.

Prosinecki has named 23 players for Thursday’s friendly and their UNL fixture against Northern Ireland four days later. Captain Dzeko is likely to start in Turkey while the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Edin Visca are expected to continue their recent good form in midfield.

Head-to-Head 


There have been only five previous matches involving Turkey and Bosnia with the head-to-head evenly split at two wins apiece. The most recent meeting between both teams was a World Cup qualifier in 2010 which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Match-Up


Cenk Tosun will be expected to carry the attacking threat for Turkey with support from Malli and Calhanoglu. All three men could find It hard getting past Ervin Zukanovic and Toni Sunjic in the Bosnia defence.

The Bosnians carry some danger of their own in attack with Dzeko leading the line. The Roma striker should have support from Visca and Haris Duljevic but they are all likely to struggle against Caglar Soyuncu and Kaan Ayhan.

Bosnia-Herzegovina foward Edin Dzeko will be one to watch for the visitors (Getty Images)

Key Statistics


  • Turkey have seen Under 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 8 home matches (Friendlies).
  • Turkey are unbeaten in 6 of their last 7 matches (All Competitions).
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina have seen Under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 8 matches (All Competitions).
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina are unbeaten in 8 of their last 10 matches (All Competitions).

Verdict


Turkey and Bosnia do not score plenty of goals and Thursday's clash looks set to be a low-scoring affair. Both teams look evenly matched at the moment and could settle for a draw.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.68 – 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.45 – 3 Units
Correct Score Bet: 1-1 @ 6.50 – 2 Units
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Eric Smith 10 October 2018

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