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Turkey vs Norway FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Tips - Back hosts to win

  • UEFA FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Group G fixture will be held at Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul on Friday (19:45 BST)
  • Norway are currently ranked second with 13 points from 6 matches
  • Norway have won back-to-back games
  • Turkey are in third spot with 11 points 
  • Turkey blasted Norway 3-0 in their first meeting back in March
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Turkey are aiming for their second win over Norway. (Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
Turkey are favoured to beat Norway in their intriguing Group G clash in Istanbul on Friday evening.

That may be surprising to some, given the way they dismantled Norway in the reverse fixture in March that was played at neutral Malaga because of Covid-19 restrictions. 

Turkey won 3-0 that night behind a brace from Ozan Tufan and another goal from Caglar Soyuncu. They previously got their campaign off to a great start by taking three points off the Netherlands.

The Turks also had previously taken points off France, Germany and World Cup runners-up Croatia over the preceding 18 months.

Since then, things have taken a different direction. World Cup qualifying draws with Latvia and Montenegro, with a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign sandwiched in between, plus a 6-1 hiding from the Dutch last month, sees Turkey low on confidence. They are currently ranked third in the group with 11 points from six matches.

A win over Norway, who are two points ahead and level at the top with the Netherlands with 13 points, would see them in the driving seat for a place in the Qatar finals with winnable trips to Latvia and Montenegro plus a home clash with Gibraltar remaining.

Soyuncu will not see action along with fellow suspended players Ozan Kabak and Orkun Kokcu while Kenan Karaman is injured.

Norway held the Dutch to a 1-1 draw before winning 2-0 in Latvia and downing Gibraltar 5-1 last month.

They are in good form but have only beaten Turkey twice in nine attempts (L5 D2) and have lost their last two clashes. Norway are without injured top striker Erling Braut Haaland, who registered a hat-trick against Gibraltar. Also out are Kristoffer Ajer, Jonas Svensson, Alexander Sorloth and Joshua King.

Six of the last nine meetings between Turkey and Norway saw three goals or more scored.

Verdict

A close contest is expected in Istanbul and we are backing the hosts to post a narrow victory.

Best Bet: Turkey To Win @105 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
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