Turkey and Wales will play their second match of the Euro 2020 tournament on Wednesday in Baku. It is claimed Turkey will have a large fanbase at the game due to the number of Turkish residents that live in Azerbaijan. The support could be an X-factor for the Turks.

Senol Gunes’s team will need the support after suffering a thrashing at the hands of Italy on night No. 1 of the tournament. Turkey suffered a 3-0 loss and were exposed in defence by the Azzurri – who are expected to walk through Group A.

Wales rescued themselves against Switzerland on Saturday. After giving up a goal to the Swiss in the 49th minute, Kieffer Moore scored in the 74th minute to give the Welsh a share of the spoils. The Welsh were on top at the end of the game and had a few chances to claim a victory. Wales set themselves up perfectly for progression to the next stage of the tournament. A result versus Turkey would put them in a great position to make the last 16.

Although Wales were expected to finish last in Group A, Rob Page’s team were very good on Saturday versus the Swiss. If Turkey are not careful, they will be beaten by the Welsh – or draw at the very least. Wales have played well against Turkey in their previous matches. The Welsh have posted a record of 3W-1D-2L all-time against Turkey. These teams have not met since 1997.

Turkey vs Wales Betting Odds

 

Wales have drawn their last two matches. They drew nil-nil with Albania pre-tournament before claiming the 1-1 stalemate with Switzerland on Saturday. Wales were under caution during the first 60 minutes versus Switzerland, but did have chances. Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer was called into action a couple of times in the first half with Moore being Wales’ brightest spot in the attack.

Wales collected just 35% of the possession versus the Swiss. They tallied nine shots with two on target. The defence must be tighter versus Turkey after conceding 18 shots to the Swiss. Leicester City back-up goalkeeper Danny Ward was the real hero for Wales. He made several big saves to keep Switzerland out of goal in the second half. Leading sportsbooks have Wales at odds of 23/10 to win at full-time versus Turkey.

Turkey kept a clean sheet in the first half versus Italy, but they were constantly under pressure. Gunes’ team were lucky to go into the half without conceding a goal. Turkey tallied a mere three shots with zero on target. They collected a mere 36% possession as Italy continued to pile on pressure. Turkey are likely to have more possession than Wales, who will hope to hit on the break.

Gunes’ Turkey team are at odds of 11/8 to win the match versus Wales. The teams are at odds of 21/10 to draw at full-time. If Wales plays the same way they did versus Switzerland, they could get a positive result on Wednesday.

Turkey vs Wales Team News

Turkey’s 3-0 loss to Italy ended a six-match unbeaten streak. Their unbeaten run came against some of the world’s lesser international sides. Azerbaijan, Norway, Guinea, and Moldova were all beaten or drew with Turkey in 2021 pre-Euro 2020. Gunes needs captain Burak Yilmaz to be more into the game versus Wales. Yilmaz had little to no services against Italy.

Gunes may start Leicester City winger Cengiz Under. He came on in the second half versus Italy and helped stretch the Azzurri’s defence. Under’s pace gave Italy’s defence some issues. He could start versus Wales and do the same. Midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is likely to start once more. Like Yilmaz, he made little impact on matchday 1 in Group A.

Wales coach Page will be all smiles after the team came from behind to draw with Switzerland. He could make a few changes to the team that started versus Switzerland. With Italy up on matchday No. 3 for Wales, they need to win versus Turkey to have hope of going through as second-place finishers. Even to finish as one of the best third-place teams, Wales may need to win this match. Atter watching Turkey play so poorly against Italy, it should give Page hope for a victory on Wednesday.

Daniel James could make way for winger Harry Wilson. Wilson isn’t as pacey but is a better creative player. Ethan Ampadu could come into the starting XI for Luton Town’s Joe Morrell. 

Turkey vs Wales Prediction

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Turkey should be far better against Wales than they were versus Italy on matchday No. 1. Three of Turkey’s last seven games ended with both teams scoring goals. Wales came from behind against Switzerland and showed an ability to stay in games. Both teams need to win this game to keep hopes of progression alive.

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Kieffer Moore is a solid striker who should be playing for a lower-tier Premier League team. The striker was dangerous versus Switzerland and had more chances to score goals than Gareth Bale. Moore had a good 2020-21 at Cardiff City scoring 20 Championship goals in 42 matches. He has six goals in 18 career national team matches.

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Onlookers may expect this game to be a low-scoring affair between Turkey and Wales. However, both sides need to score goals and win to have any hope of going through to the last 16. A win for Wales would put them on four points from six available. Four points could be enough to get them into the last 16 as either a second-place finisher or third-place finisher.

Five of Turkey’s last seven matches finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The Turkish team were poor at the back versus Italy and could concede goals once more. Two of Wales’ last six games finished with more than 2.5 goals scored.

Both sides need to get a win on Wednesday night. The match could finish in a draw, however, as both sides fight for a victory that slips through their hands.