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Turkey will be hosting Norway in their next World Cup 2022 Qualifier match. Turkey has been at the receiving end of some tough losses in recent times and will see this as an important match against a pretty strong team. Norway is going to be without Erling Halland in this match and that is a massive loss. Halland is dominating the Bundesliga right now and would have greatly improved the chances of Norway getting a goal.
Istanbul will be a tough place to travel to but two wins in its previous two matches and a tough 1-1 draw against the Netherlands before that will fill Norway with belief that it can come away with something. Also, Turkey has just appointed a new coach and that transition can sometimes be a bit rocky as playing styles may need to vary quite a bit.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Turkey vs Norway World Cup 2022 Qualifers. The match is going to be played at Ulker Stadyumu, Istanbul, Turkey on the 8th of October 2021.
Turkey is a side in transition and a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign, a sluggish start to the 2022 World Cup Qualifying matches, and now a change of coach have made some people believe that it is going to struggle for some time to come. Turkey has not qualified for the World Cup Finals since 2002 and currently sits at third in its group behind the Netherlands and Norway.
Norway has not beaten Turkey since 2000 (nine international fixtures ago) and has actually lost five of those matches. Without Erling Halland, we worry about its ability to score goals against Turkey and it may be forced into a defensive mindset. The odds available on a victory for Turkey are too good to pass up on and we think well worth the risk.
Bet on Turkey to win.
While there have been more than 2.5 goals scored in the three previous matches that Turkey and Norway have played against each other, we think betting against that happening in the match is the way to go. Turkey is coming into this match on the back of a heavy defeat and Norway is missing its best goal-scorer as well. This match has all the makings of a gritty contest where both teams attempt to score on the counter-attack rather than press ahead from the start.
We don't see over 2.5 goals likely in this one.