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15 Jun 2021
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Alex Waite 15 Jun 2021
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  • Turkey vs Wales predictions for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 match
  • The Group A fixture is being played at 5:00 pm BST at the Baku Olympic Stadium
  • Wales have drawn their last 2 matches
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Wales are winless in 3 their last 5 matches against Turkey (Getty Images)


Turkey vs Wales Predictions


Turkey and Wales must avoid defeat after both sides dropped points in their Group A openers. With the stakes high, I am backing a cagey draw in Baku.

  • Turkey are winless in 3 of their last 5 matches (all competitions)
  • Wales are winless in 3 their last 5 matches against Turkey (all competitions)
  • Wales have drawn their last 2 matches (all competitions)

Head-to-Head


Wales have a 3-2 advantage against Turkey in six meetings with one draw.

Turkey Form 


Turkey’s impressive six-match unbeaten run came to an end in their Euro 2020 opener against Italy. Turkey struggled to compete for large spells during the 3-0 defeat.

Senol Gunes’ side were on the back foot from the outset, having just three shots and 36% possession. Some last-ditch defending kept the scores level at halftime. Merih Demiral then scored an own goal early in the second half before the Azzuri added two more late goals. 

The Crescent-Stars will take confidence from their positive run of results before the loss to a strong Italy side. 

Turkey recorded big wins against the Netherlands (4-2) and Norway (3-0) in March and scored 14 goals in six matches before the Euros.

Turkey Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır, Uğurcan Çakır, Mert Günok 
Defenders: Kaan Ayhan, Zeki Çelik, Merih Demiral, Ozan Kabak, Umut Meraş, Mert Müldür, Çağlar Söyüncü, Rıdvan Yılmaz 
Midfielders: Taylan Antalyalı, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Halil Dervişoğlu, İrfan Can Kahveci, Orkun Kökçü, Abdülkadir Ömür, Dorukhan Toköz, Ozan Tufan, Okay Yokuşlu
Forwards: Muhammed Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Kenan Karaman, Enes Ünal, Cengiz Ünder, Yusuf Yazıcı, Burak Yılmaz

Turkey will stick with their preferred 4-1-4-1 formation. Senol Gunes is unlikely to make defensive changes and Okay Yokuşlu should retain his place in the holding midfield role.

Gunes may make changes in attack as they will see more of the ball against Wales. Cengiz Ünder looked sharp off the bench against Italy and the winger could replace Kenan Karaman. 

Wales Form


Wales managed to avoid defeat in their first Euro 2020 match as they held Switzerland to a 1-1 draw.

Robert Page’s side held a structured formation in their own half for the majority of the match and rarely ventured beyond the halfway line with 35% possession. Wales invited pressure in the first half and eventually conceded minutes into the second period before Kieffer Moore levelled the scores with 15 minutes remaining.

Goalkeeper Danny Ward produced several top-quality saves to salvage a point for his side. Despite defending for most of the match, Wales looked dangerous on the counter with Daniel James and Gareth Bale attacking with pace.

The Dragons have been hard to beat in recent matches. 1-0 wins against Mexico and the Czech Republic came before a three-match winless streak, including a 3-0 loss to world champions France and a disappointing 0-0 draw against Albania.

Wales Injuries & Team News


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

Robert Page is likely to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation used against Switzerland. Goalscorer Moore is set to keep his place upfront. 

Page tinkered with a 3-4-3 in Wales' warmup matches with Ramsey in a false nine role that was ineffective. After a solid defensive and counter-attacking display against Switzerland, Page is likely to remain consistent stick with the same starting XI.

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Verdict

A loss for Turkey or Wales could end their Euro 2020 campaign. A tense match is likely between the sides, so I am backing a draw.

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