After being considered tournament dark horses by many, Turkey made the worst possible start to Euro 2020, falling 3-0 to Italy in Rome. But with the Group A big guns now out of the way, Şenol Güneş’ side will be fully focused on taking six points from their next two games to secure passage into the knockout rounds.
Wales are equally in need of three points here after only managing a draw against Switzerland. Rob Page’s men failed to show much attacking fluidity and were outclassed across the 90 minutes, but were able to salvage a point thanks to Kieffer Moore’s second-half header. With Italy to come in their third match, this clash with Turkey represents their best chance for a win. But with thousands of Turkish fans expected to head to Baku, Wales could face a hostile atmosphere.
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Turkey vs Wales: Match Stats
Turkey won their previous meeting with Wales 6-4 in August 1997. That was the first time both teams had scored in this fixture.
Wales haven’t scored more than once in 12 of their last 13 matches.
Turkey have failed to score in two of their last three games but scored in their previous four games in a row prior to that.
Kieffer Moore scored with one of just two shots on target for Wales against Switzerland. Turkey, meanwhile, didn’t manage a single shot on target against Italy.
Turkey vs Wales: Corner Stats
In a match where they were completely outclassed, Turkey managed just two corners against Italy, though they couldn’t convert either into a shot on target. Wales had four corners against the Swiss but could look to utilise this method of attack further here with Moore’s height and aerial prowess.
Turkey vs Wales: Cards Stats
Caglar Soyuncu was shown the first yellow card of Euro 2020 and was one of two Turkish players to be booked against Italy. Kieffer Moore was Wales’ only booked player last time out.
Turkey vs Wales: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Turkey 2-1 Wales
Turkey vs Wales: Odds
Turkey vs Wales: Head to Head
20 August 1997 – Turkey 6-4 Wales – World Cup qualifying
14 December 1996 – Wales 0-0 Turkey – World Cup qualifying
25 March 1981 – Turkey 0-1 Wales – World Cup qualifying
15 October 1980 – Wales 4-0 Turkey – World Cup qualifying
21 November 1979 – Turkey 1-0 Wales – European Championships qualifying
As mentioned, these sides haven’t met since that 6-4 thriller back in 1997. Across six previous outings, Wales have won three and drawn once, losing the other two.