EURO 2016 Qualifiers Preview: Iceland vs. Turkey

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Updated: September 2, 2014
Turkey - Selcuk Inan

Match Date: 09 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik

 

Turkey will be working hard to land a semi-final spot  in the upcoming competition, just like what they did in 2008. After a frustrating finish, can the Crescent Stars finally get what they want?

 

The contenders

Iceland

Iceland is still on the process of creating a name in the European Championship.

 

Fondly called as the Strakarnir okkar or Our Boys, the squad cannot seem to get rid of the curse of having an early exit in the tournament. But then again, a considerable amount of improvement and maturity can be observed from the squad.

 

The team has become more aggressive in collecting points and scoring goals that could led to their survival.

 

Turkey

The Crescent Stars are on its way to replicate its 2008 performance when they were able to clinch a spot in the semis. Although they missed the opportunity to have their first appearance in the final, it was nonetheless, a remarkable performance.

 

In 2012, the squad had its chance to feature again, but a scoreless draw against Croatia destroyed all their hopes of progressing in the tournament. But with Faith Terim heading the team, many of its supporters are positive that they will go a long way in the tournament.

 

Just recently, Terim submitted his provisional list of players that will play against Denmark and Iceland. However, its renowned goalkeeper, Volkan Demirel is excluded from the said list.
Demirel has taken the limelight recently after airing harsh remarks against Galatasaray midfielder, Melo.

 

Possible head turner

Arda Turan was one of the prominent figures who helped Turkey secure a semi-final spot. Once again, he is expected to do the same in the upcoming competition. With Bayer Leverkusen’s Omer Toprak and Hakan Calhanoglu around, things should be easy for the Turkish side.

 

What the odds say

It is evident that Turkey is the ultimate favorite of sports betting sites. In 12BET, for example, the  squad is valued to win at a profitable odd of 2.05.

 

 

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