Our football match prediction:
Kosovo did well to hold Finland to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign, but they have been struggling in Group I ever since. Albert Bunjaki’s troops are on a four-game losing run in their qualifying group and they are seen as big underdogs in Sunday’s football game against Turkey. Kosovo do not seem to be competitive at this level and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts in this one. Turkey face a must-win situation in Sunday’s clash and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Kosovo. The Turks are eyeing their third consecutive win in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and we predict that Arda Turan and Co. are going to pick up all three points from the match. You should bear in mind that Turkey recorded a 2-0 win over Kosovo in the reverse fixture.
Highlighted Player (Arda Turan):
Arda Turan is one of the most famous footballers in the history of Turkish football and he is widely tipped to break Rusti Recber’s record of 120 caps for Milli Takim. The attacking midfielder came to prominence at Galatasaray, while also impressing as Turkey reached the Euro 2008 semi-finals, and he immediately received offers from top European clubs to cash in on his impressive showings. However, it would take another three years before he finally decided to accept the call from Atletico Madrid, thus becoming the most expensive Turkish footballer. Turan played a key role for Diego Simeone’s side that impressed in both Spain and Europe from 2011 onwards, lifting the league trophy with los Colchoneros and narrowly missing out on the Champions League title. Achieving a superstar status in his country, Turan always performed well for the Turkey national team, making more than 90 appearances for Milli Takim before the age of 30, and scoring more than 15 goals.
Highlighted Team (Turkey):
Present on the international stage since 1923, Turkey only started showing some promise during the 70’s, but they had to wait until the turn of the century to place themselves on the map. While they lost all three fixtures at their first ever European Championship finals in 1996, they fared much better four years later, reaching the last eight in Netherlands and Belgium. Milli Takim were able to build on that result as they went on to reach the podium at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, while also finishing third at the 2003 Confederations Cup and making it to the semi-finals at the Euro 2008. Rustu Recber, Hakan Sukur and Emre Belezoglu were important parts of the country’s most successful generation, but the one including Arda Turan, Selcuk Inan, Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu is threatening to surpass their achievements. As the Turkish Super Lig continues the get stronger, the national team follows, and we should expect some big result from Milli Takim in the near future.