Preview and Prediction
Russia’s positive trend in UEFA Nations League is bound to endure this weekend when they are hosting Turkey in VTB Arena, Moscow. They have collected two victories in the first two games while Turkey have not been able to score a single goal in the same game. This will be the second time they are battling in the same group in UEFA Nations League after the previous edition. Despite their contrastive results, it is still likely to be a tight match.
Both teams’ previous games
Russia won 3-2 over Hungary on match day 2 of UEFA Nations League. Alexey Miranchuk, Magomed Ozdoyev and Mario Fernandes netted their winning goals while the host could only reply twice form Roland Sallai and Nemanja Nikolic. However, this midweek, they slumped to a 1-2 defeat against Sweden in a friendly match.
Turkey managed to hold Serbia in a goalless draw on match day 2. Yet, in a friendly game versus Germany, they also held Die Mannschaft in a 3-3 draw on the road. It is considered as a fairly positive improvement after their stunning 0-1 loss at their home turf to Hungary on match day one.
Stanislav Cherchesov tends to be in favour of 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 formation when necessary. Artem Dzyuba is still his preferred targetman. He will gain supports from Daler Kuzyayev, Denis Cheryshev and Roman Zobnin. Unfortunately, the Atalanta forward Alexey Miranchuk and Monaco’s Alexander Golovin failed to get the pick in the current squad.
His counterpart, Senol Gunes is seemingly in need of modifying his ineffective 4-2-3-1 formation. The 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-2-1 seems to be a plausible choice but Burak Yilmaz should not be in the starting IX. Instead, Getafe’s Enes Unal or Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Kenan Karaman who scored an equaliser against Germany this midweek could be considered. Behind the frontman, Hakan Calhanoglu and Cengiz Under are the best option to support the targetman.
Players to watch
The captain Artem Dzyuba is the natural leader of the team. He has registered 26 goals in 45 caps. Apart of him, Mario Fernandes, Daler Kuzyayev and Valencia man Denis Cheryshev are certainly the other notable key figures in the current squad.
Leicester’s centre back, Caglar Soyuncu will be the commander in the backline. He is certainly one of the key figure alongside Lille’s Zeki Celik, Juventus’s Merit Demiral and Schalke’s Ozan Kabak. Some other vital men of the team are surely Hakan Calhanoglu and Cengiz Under.
Russia vs Turkey prediction
Turkey’s success in forcing Serbia and Germany to snatch only one point will definitely attract Cherchesov’s attention, especially after Russia’s unlikely defeat to Sweden. One thing to keep in mind is that Turkish’ defence can be more solid than their last three opponents. Artem Dzyuba and Co’s experience can be the decisive factor to secure another win at home, probably with only one goal difference.
The game is meant to be tough. Russia is backed to win at 2.15. The draw result is at the value of 3.20, whereas Senol Gunes’s men are priced to win at 3.75.