Portugal vs Turkey: Predictions, odds & betting tips
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Portugal welcome Turkey to the Estadio do Dragao on Thursday evening for their World Cup play-off, with Fernando Santos’ side clear favourites to take a step closer to Qatar 2022.
The 2016 European champions finished second in their qualifying group behind Serbia, while Turkey ended their qualifying campaign in second spot in Group G behind Netherlands.
Portugal vs Turkey latest odds
The hosts are offered at 4/11 (1.36) with bet365 to win in 90 minutes, and at 14/1 (15.00) to triumph on penalties.
The visitors can be backed at 13/2 (7.50) to win without extra time and at 18/1 (19.00) to claim a victory on spot kicks.
Portugal vs Turkey first goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to lead his country to more success and the Manchester United forward is the shortest priced player to break the deadlock at 2/1 (3.00).
Diogo Jota and Andre Silva are priced at 4/1 (5.00) while Valencia’s Goncalo Guedes can be backed at 9/2 (5.50).
For Turkey, Burak Yilmaz top scored in qualifying with five goals and the veteran striker is offered at 10/1 (11.00) while his Galatasaray team-mate Kerem Akturkoglu has been in strong scoring form and can be backed at 20/1 (21.00).
Portugal vs Turkey preview
Turkey’s record of 16 goals conceded in the group stage is by far the worst of any team contesting the play-offs and, while there are certain conditioning factors like the number of teams in each group, it is fair to say that the Turkish defence is lacking in solidity.
Portugal’s home record in competitive fixtures remains extremely impressive despite their disappointing qualifying campaign and they will be confident of claiming the win they need to keep alive their hopes of making it to the World Cup.
However, Fernando Santos’ side did concede in both games they played against Serbia, the side which finished above them in Group A and, in their last eight competitive matches, Portugal have kept just three clean sheets.
Those clean sheets came against Republic of Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg, and with Turkey boasting much more firepower than those three nations, there could be interest in backing a goal-filled game in Porto.
Portugal vs Turkey tips & predictions
Portugal to win and over 2.5 goals is priced at 11/10 (2.10) and looks like a strong option, while both teams to score is offered at the same odds.
Odds correct at the time of writing. 18+. begambleaware.org
Portugal to win and over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with bet365