Turkey vs Latvia 09/02/2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pick and Preview
Latvia vs Turkey
Thursday 3rd September 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Turkey 1/5 Draw 11/2 Latvia 18/1 See the Latest Odds
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Turkey look to get their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign back on track with a tricky game against a latvia side that have taken points off Turkey already and who held the Czech Republic to a 1-1 draw on their last travels in this Group. Turkey have a fantastic squad filled with both talented and experienced players and also seem to have the right mix of youth thrown in to provide the Turkish side with a good and realistic shot of making it to the tournament proper. The problem though is Turkey were drawn in the Group of death and had a poor start to the group and has left them chasing Iceland, Netherlands and the Czech Republic for qualification. This game is simply a must win for Turkey led by new barcelona midfielder Turan and star strikers Calhanoglu, Bulut and Yilmaz.
Latvia have had a rough time in this group but have performed well in a couple of games, playing very well against the Czech Republic away and well against Turkey in the home tie of this group. Latvia are one of the minnows of the European International scene but they have been making vast improvements over the last few years. latvia have been very solid defensively in most of the group games with the one exception being the away game against the netherlands when they were just playing against a vastly superior team.
Personally I think this is an interesting tie and there is no doubt Turkey deserve to be favourites but I think that Latvia will give them a game here. I do think that Turkey will get the win here but will struggle to cover the handicap. Latvia have a really solid defence and will play a containing game against Turkey here. I am going to take the unders in the game as I see this one being a 1-0 or maybe 2-0 to the home side.