Preview - Turkey vs Sweden 18 November 18

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Uefa Nations League B Group 2
Turkey vs Sweden
Sunday, November 18th, 2018
01:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Torku Arena

Last five matches form: D L W D L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.40
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.50
Top Scorer: Cenk Tosun (11)

Last five matches form: L L L D D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.90
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.00
Top Scorer: Marcus Berg (18)

Winless in their opening two fixtures Sweden need something of a miracle if they are to top this group, and a massive improvement in form just to avoid relegation. Next up its this trip to Turkey, with the hosts needing to win to ensure that they are not the side to occupy the relegation spot.

Turkey upset Sweden in the reverse of this fixture when coming out on top 3-2 in a thriller over in Sweden. Fans will be hoping they are in for similar entertainment here, although that game was most out of character for the Swedes who tend to be involved in low scoring matches.

Turkey also hold the edge historically having recorded four wins and four draws in the nine games between the sides to date.

No key injuries for either side here with both managers looking to field their first choice eleven.

With each side having managed just the one win in their past six games, neither can really be said to be arriving at this game in good form.

There has never been more than one goal between these two nations in their nine clashes to date.

Whilst Sweden are ranked 21 spots above Turkey in the FIFA World rankings, they haven't really been playing like that of late and home advantage may just tilt the balance in favour of the home side.

Prediction: Turkey 2 - 1 Sweden


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  11 - 8
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 7 - 7
Possession: 56% - 44%

Abdin Ekdal and Andreas Granqvist were booked for Sweden in this one with referee Istvan Kovacs also taking the name of Hakan Calhanoglu of Turkey.

Not too much in this game overall - and it was certainly nothing like the helter-skelter 3-2 match over in Sweden where Turkey came out on top. Sweden reverted far more to type in this one, aiming to make the game as tight as possible. In the end those tactics did pay off but only with the aide of a penalty kick which was all that there was to separate the sides on the night. Turkey can count themselves a little unlucky to have come away with nothing.

Turkey were making most of the early running, although both sides were largely being restricted to efforts from range. Then on the stroke of half time Hakan Calhonoglu found himself with a great chance around nine years from goal, only to see Robin Olsen pull off an excellent stop. 0-0 at the break.

The games defining moment came in the 70th minute. Okay Yokuslu brining down Marcus Berg for a clear penalty kick. Sweden's captain fantastic Andreas Granqvist stepping up to fire into the bottom left corner.

Turkey did push in the closing stages but found the Swedish rear-guard including keeper Olsen standing firm. 0-1 final score.

This game condemns Turkey to relegation from the section as their international game continues to go though something of a spell in the doldrums. A big win for Sweden, ensuring their status in the Group and at least giving themselves a chance of topping the table headed into their final game with Russia.

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