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Turkey vs Georgia Euro 2024 Prediction: Confirmed starting elevens in Group F clash

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The first round of Euro 2024 group stage fixtures will be nearing its close as Turkey take on tournament debutants Georgia.

Turkey vs Georgia Euro 2024 Prediction: Can Turkey live up to hopes?

Turkey vs Georgia Latest Prediction

Going into Euro 2024 Turkey were seen by many as the potential dark horses but they massively underperformed. Turkey finished bottom of Group A, losing all three of their matches against Italy, Wales and Switzerland. This time around, Group F presents a good opportunity for Turkey, against Portugal, Czech Republic and Georgia.

Georgia are something of an unknown quantity, with this being their first-ever major tournament, and they’ll be hoping to make a name for themselves in Germany.  Although they struggled during the qualifying campaign, Georgia did score in seven of their eight games, including home and away against Spain. So you could back them to score, but a win may be too tall of a task.

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Turkey get their Euro 2024 campaign underway on 18th June with a game against Georgia at BVB Stadion in Dortmund. They were in an interesting qualifying group with a few teams of equal quality, but they were one of the two to advance. They actually finished top of their group, one point clear of Croatia and five ahead of third-placed Wales. Turkey suffered just one defeat in qualifying, losing to Croatia in their second match, recovering with a six-game unbeaten run.

However, since securing qualification, Turkey have been in terrible form. They have lost three of their four games this year, including a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Italy in March. In their pre-tournament friendlies, Turkey drew with Italy and lost to Poland.

No one will have given Georgia a chance of qualifying for Euro 2024 through their group, placed alongside Spain, Scotland, Norway and Cyprus. And they finished fourth with eight points from their eight matches, beating Cyprus home and away alongside draws with Scotland and Norway. But they got the second chance through their UEFA Nations League finish, beating Luxembourg and then Greece in the play-offs. In their one pre-Euro 2024 friendly, Georgia secured a 3-1 win over Montenegro.

Turkey Latest Team News

Vincenzo Montella has been in charge of Turkey for just a handful of games so far, tasked with overseeing the end of Euro 2024 qualifying which he did with two wins and a draw. But even in this short period of time, Montella has made his tactics very clear. However, what hasn’t been clear until now is which personnel he would turn to.

Bariș Alper is the man he had chosen to lead the line against Georgia, with support coming from Arda Güler and Kenan Yildiz from wide areas.

The centre of  midfield is a bit more predictable, with Hakan Calhanoglu and Orkun Kokcu both taking to the field with Kaan Ayhan filling out the central areas.

Georgia Starting Eleven

The star man for Georgia will be Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but while the 23-year-old plays on the wing for Napoli, he is one of the central outlets for the national team. This wasn’t always the case, with the switch coming in the past few matches, but it’s one that has brought a lot of success. In his final three qualifying games, as a striker, Kvaratskhelia scored four goals including a brace in a 2-2 draw with Scotland.

That switch came as Georgia manager Willy Sagnol altered the formation to a front two, and thats exactly what he’s done in Georgia’s first game at Euro 2024. Georges Mikautadze will play up front alongside Kvaratskhelia, with the pair combining well as a partnership so far.

Between the sticks, Giorgi Mamardashvili is reliable and may need to bail out the defence on occasion.

Turkey vs Georgia Head to Head

Turkey will be confident about this game as they have won three of their five previous meetings against Georgia, only losing 1-0 in a friendly in 2007. However, they haven’t faced off in 12 years so a lot has changed.

Turkey vs Georgia H2H
Date Score Ground
24/05/12 Georgia 1-3 Turkey Red Bull Arena, Salzburg
07/02/07 Georgia 1-0 Turkey Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi
30/03/05 Georgia 2-5 Turkey Lokomotiv Stadium, Tbilisi
04/09/04 Turkey 1-1 Georgia Şenol Güneş Stadium, Trabzon
21/08/02 Turkey 3-0 Georgia Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium, Trabzon

How to watch Turkey vs Georgia live

The first game of Group F sees Turkey take on Georgia, with the game set to be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sports Website.

Every game at Euro 2024 will be shown live on either BBC or ITV, with the two platforms sharing the broadcast rights.