Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Turkey vs. Czech RepublicPublished October 10, 2015 by Florin P
Czech Republic welcomes Turkey in the decisive match of Group A (7:45 p.m UK Time)
It is downright surprising that despite the horrendous start of the qualifying campaign, Turkey is still in the race for a place at Euro 2016. It was the complete meltdown of the Netherlands that has kept them in the race for this long and tonight they can’t rely on anyone else to fight their battles for them. They need to defeat the Czech Republic on the road but a single point would also keep them alive for one week.
Potent Offensive Lineups on Both Sides
The Czech Republic has scored plenty of goals recently, but the major concern for the team is the inability to keep clean sheets even against weaker opponents. They were lucky to win two games in a row with goals scored in the final minutes and they need to step up their game against Turkey.
The thing is that the hosts are already qualified for Euro 2016 and the only question is whether they will advance as group leaders or runners-up. As they face the Netherlands in the final match without having home pitch advantage, it is hard to believe that winning Group A is possible. Players surely know this and motivation is at its lowest, now that the team has already secured qualification.
Turkey Has Everything to Fight For
The visitors know that they can’t afford to fail now after coming such a long way and closing the seemingly impossible gap. Defeating Iceland at home next week in conjunction with one point secured in the Czech Republic could be enough for Turkey to advance to the European competition.
The visitors are not going to settle for one point on the road, as this will make the final match a thriller and the adrenaline rush is the last thing they need. With the hosts struggling defensively and lacking motivation, this could be a high scoring match and odds of 23/20 offered by bet365 Sports are great value.