Ronaldo.com previews the World Cup playoff semi-final clash between Portugal and Turkey and offers team stats, fixture history, betting tips and the latest odds.
A home win for Portugal seems likely on Thursday as they face Turkey. At Estadio do Dragao, the hosts should have little trouble claiming all three points. Although entering the match as outsiders, Turkey will be keen on keeping their recent momentum as they have been unbeaten in the World Cup for a while. Despite it being a tough assignment at Estadio do Dragao, their current form gives them hope of nicking a result.
Current form and fixture history of Portugal vs Turkey
Portugal look to build on their current momentum with another positive result. Judging by their last 3 matches, we can expect a bit of everything from the home side at the moment. Against Luxembourg, they came out on top in a 5-0 win, before drawing 0-0 against Ireland. Most recently they were left reeling in a 2-1 defeat win against Serbia.
Turkey are in awesome shape going into this next encounter, as they won their last 3 matches on the bounce. Latvia got left behind in a 1-2 win, before Gibraltar got hammered in a 6-0 victory. Montenegro was the most recent victim in a 1-2 win for the Crescent-Stars.
Latest encounters between Portugal and Turkey
Portugal got knocked out when Turkey took a 3-1 win in a friendly in June 2012. It served as payback for the 2-0 defeat, Fernando Santos’ side handed out in the reverse match.
Highlights from the last game between Portugal and Turkey:
Betting stats and facts for Portugal and Turkey
Here are some interesting betting-relevant facts based on statistics from the last couple of matches that Portugal and Turkey played across all tournaments.
- Portugal have scored in 16 of the last 18 home matches
- Portugal have not lost 6 of the last 7 matches
- Portugal have won 5 of the last 7 matches
- Portugal have not conceded in 4 of the last 5 matches
- In 6 of the last 8 matches Turkey played, both teams scored
- Turkey have won the last 3 matches in a row
- Turkey have not lost 6 of the last 7 matches
- Turkey have conceded in 8 of the last 10 matches
Players to watch in Portugal vs Turkey
Looking at the goalscorer market, it would seem a good idea to side with Cristiano Ronaldo. He is one of the players from Portugal who are in their best form. He has managed to find the back of the net 6 times in his last 6 games, and will surely want to add some more goals against Turkey.
The visitors will be looking to in-form Halil Dervisoglu to find the net once again, as he has been their main man recently. The forward has netted 3 goals for Turkey in their last 6 matches.
Best tips for the match: Portugal vs Turkey
In conclusion, we present betting tips for this game between Portugal and Turkey, which are based on the above-mentioned stats and facts. Besides the main prediction for this match, we have some low and high-risk alternatives as well.