This will be the first time Wales faces Turkey in international soccer since a World Cup qualifier in Istanbul in August 1997.
It’s Matchday 2 for the four Group A teams in the Euro 2020 soccer tournament on Wednesday. The first game from Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan will see Turkey face Wales with a noon Eastern start. The Turks are +133 on the soccer odds with the Welsh at +210 and a draw at +204.
Turkey vs. Wales Odds
On the draw no bet odds, Turkey is -161 and Wales +116. The total is set at 2.5 goals with the under a -208 favourite. To score first, Turkey is -112 and Wales +128 with no goals at +600. That both teams score is +105 with no goals at -164. The over-under for total corners is 8.5, with both options at -118.
Italy is the -909 favourite to win Group A, followed by Switzerland at +821, Wales at +1356 and Turkey at +3201. The Turks are +125 favourites to finish bottom of the group and the Welsh +160.
Turkey was a seizable underdog in their first match against Italy in Rome last Friday, and we projected a 2-1 loss. It was a 3-0 defeat, tied for Turkey’s worst loss at a European Championship. The match was scoreless at the half, but things started going downhill for the Crescent Stars in the 53rd minute when Merih Demiral inadvertently chested the ball into his own net. Coach Senol Gunes’ team had allowed just three total goals in Euro 2020 qualifying, but Turkey held possession just 39 per cent of the time vs. Italy, was outshot 24-3 and two players — Caglar Soyuncu and Halil Dervisoglu — got yellow cards. The Turks are on an extra day of rest compared to Wales but also had to travel from Rome to Baku. Burak Yilmaz is a +600 favourite to be Turkey’s first goalscorer and +225 for an anytime scorer.
We projected Wales to lose their opening match 1-0 to Switzerland, but they were able to earn a point in the 1-1 draw on Kieffer Moore’s 74th-minute goal. Moore had been involved in a collision in the first half that saw him don a headband going forward. Moore also received a yellow card in the game. The Swiss scored in the 85th minute to apparently take a 2-1 lead, but it was ruled offside by VAR. Wales held possession just 38 per cent of the match and was outshot 18-9. Wales have lost only three of their past 20 international matches. This will be the first time Wales faces Turkey since a World Cup qualifier in Istanbul in August 1997, which the Turks won 6-4. Gareth Bale is the +560 favourite for Wales as their first goalscorer and +210 for an anytime goal.
Turkey vs. Wales Score Prediction
Turkey 1, Wales 1