Republic of Ireland V Turkey – Sunday 25th May. 6PM. Live Streaming on Bet365
Martin O’Neill’s Ireland welcome Turkey to the Aviva Stadium on Sunday and will be desperate to secure a first win under their new boss.
Neither of these two are heading to Brazil this summer so it is crucial for them both to build some momentum ahead of the Euro 2016 campaign, in which they will each be confident of navigating a route to the tournament in France.
It should be an entertaining affair, and it’s live on Bet365.
Turkey Aiming To Continue Strong Form
Having warmed up for Sunday’s meeting with an easy 6-1 victory over Kosovo, Fatih Terim’s men will be full of confidence as they head to the Irish capital.
In fact, a run of four consecutive wins means that Turkey have won seven of their past international fixtures – a run that includes an impressive 2-1 win over Sweden as well as a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland. A loss to the Netherlands is the only blotch on their recent record.
Turkey boast a number of talented stars including the likes of Nuri Sahin, Burak Yulmaz and Mevlut Erdinc. However, they will have to deal with the absence of captain Arda Turan as the Ateltico Madrid star will not meet up with the squad until after the weekend due to the Champions League final.
Nevertheless, the in-form Turks will be up for the challenge in Dublin and O’Neill’s men will have a very tough game on their hands.
O’Neill Still Searching For First Win
Since taking over the helm at the end of 2013, O’Neill’s Ireland have drawn one and lost one in a shaky start to the former Celtic manager’s reign.
O’Neill, who is joined by assistant Roy Keane, has enjoyed huge success in club management and will be determined to transform that to the international scene by leading Ireland to a second successive European Championships. This friendly with Turkey is a great way to familiarise himself with the players.
Ireland have named an experienced squad for Sunday’s showdown, including leading scorer Robbie Keane. Meanwhile John O’Shea could edge closer to his 100-cap milestone by playing in match number 96, while there are a number of other familiar faces within the setup.
However, O’Neill is also set to afford a chance to a handful of fresh faces too. Everton defender Shane Duffy could be in line for his debut, while no fewer than 12 players have less than 10 appearances in the senior team.
Despite the relatively poor start under O’Neill, optimism is high around the Green Army camp. A strong performance here will only further enhance that feeling.
It should be a cracking affair.
Republic of Ireland V Turkey Betting
With home advantage, Ireland have been installed as the slight favourites at 29/20. Meanwhile, the visitors can be backed at 9/5 and the draw is available at 23/10 – all prices from Bet365.
From a betting perspective, it’s quite a tough one call, but thankfully the match is streamed by Bet365 so punters have the option to monitor the early stages before placing a stake.
Nevertheless, we believe that Ireland’s incentive for the win is far greater than Turkey’s and do edge towards a first triumph of the O’Neill era.
If that is to be the case, then there is every chance that it will be the country’s leading scorer who gets the ball rolling.
Robbie Keane to score first is 9/2 first goalscorer with Coral
Even if Ireland do win, Turkey will fancy their chances of scoring at some stage even without their talismanic captain. However, they’ve kept just one clean sheet in five.
A win for Ireland would provide a huge lift for the national side, though, and we’re backing them to flourish on Sunday.
BTTS & Ireland win is 9/2 with Bet365