Stanislav Cherchesov’s Sbornaya host Mircea Lucescu’s Crescent-Stars in Sochi and our tipster fancies the hosts to shine in a high-scoring clash
Russia welcome Turkey to the Fisht Olympic Stadium for a pivotal Nations League clash.
Victory for the hosts would see them move within a point of promotion, whilst simultaneously eliminating their visitors from contention
The competition is designed to seed teams for the qualification process of Euro 2020, which Russia are 66/1 (67.0) to win after reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup, while Turkey are 100/1 (101.0) outsiders.
Russia won the reverse fixture 2-1 in Trabzon and are Evens (2.0) with William Hill to enjoy their second Nations League victory over Turkey in the space of just five weeks.
The Turks, meanwhile, are 3/1 (4.0) to exact revenge and record their second victory of the tournament, having already beaten Sweden 3-2.
A draw, which has occurred in two of the previous three meetings between these sides, can be backed at 23/10 (3.30).
Target man Artem Dzyuba was one of Russia’s World Cup stars and the target man looks likely to start here, having netted in the previous meeting.
Technician and set piece specialist Hakan Calhanoglu will be the main threat for Turkey.
Goals in Sochi?
Russia have scored three or more goals in three of their last seven matches in all competitions while Turkey have kept just two clean sheets in their last 12.
As such, the 5/2 (3.50) on the hosts to win with Over 2.5 goals appeals.
Preview and predictions
Our best bet though is the 5/4 (2.25) on Russia to score Over 1.5 goals, a play that would have landed in five of their last eight encounters. It is also worth noting that Turkey have conceded two or more in eight of their last 12.