Kick Off: Tuesday 19th November
Live on Bet365 streaming 6.00pm
One of the more interesting friendly matches on Tuesday takes place in Istanbul as Turkey welcome Belarus in what is an earlier kick-off than most. This game will be available on Bet 365 and should be an interesting watch.
Neither team will be heading to Brazil next summer for the World Cup so this will be used as a chance to experiment and work towards the Euro 2016 qualifiers that start next September. Turkey finished 4th in their World Cup qualification group, whilst Belarus were rock-bottom in a group that included Spain and France; there’s a lot of work to be done by both sides.
TURKEY LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Following their disappointing showing in their World Cup qualifying campaign, Turkey manager Fatih Terim has called up no fewer than 18 players whom have less than 10 international caps.
Terim’s policy of casting his attentions to the future is further evidenced by the fact only three members of the squad have turned 30. Likewise, the relatively new manager has given preference to home-grown players with only three (including captain Arda Turan) currently based outside of Turkey.
CAPTAIN ARDA TURAN STILL THE KEY
Despite wholesale changes being made, Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan remains the focal figure of Turkey’s plans. The 26-year-old has already amassed over 70 caps for his country and looks set to retain his status as his country’s main man for many years to come.
With 14 goals from left-midfield, along with a host of assists, it isn’t hard to see why he is so highly thought of by supporters and teammates alike.
BELARUS LACKING FIREPOWER
With just one striker, Vitali Rodionov, named in Georgi Kondratiev’s 23-man squad goals could be hard to come by for the Belarusians in Istanbul.
On Friday night, Belarus played out a dull 0-0 on home soil with Albania and could struggle against an in-form Turkey side that has recently been very difficult for opponents to break down.
You can back Turkey to win without conceding at the pretty generous odds of 7/5 with Bet365
TURKEY AIMING TO CONTINUE GOOD RUN
Since Terim’s appointment in August, Turkey have enjoyed an improvement in form and the new manager holds a win rate of 80% after 5 games in charge.
That single defeat was inflicted by Holland just over a month ago but Terim will no doubt have been pleased to see his side bounce back with the 1-0 triumph over Northern Ireland last Friday night. Turkey have scored 10 goals in 5 matches under their new manager and have impressively kept clean sheets in all 4 victories.
Terim will be looking for more of the same from his inexperienced but highly motivated stars on Tuesday. The Turks have ten months of preparations ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers and will want to utilise that time in the best manner possible to ensure they have a realistic chance of reaching those finals in France.
LIVE STREAMING ON BET365
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