Euro 2020 qualifying preview: Preview, predictions & best bets for Friday's Euro 2020 action

Our best bets and preview for Friday's Euro 2020 action
Our best bets and preview for Friday's Euro 2020 action

England may be the headline act on Friday but there's plenty of action across Europe. Tom Carnduff has found two best bets.


Recommended bets

2pts Turkey to score 3+ goals v Albania at 5/2

1pt Burak Yilmaz to score 2+ goals in Turkey v Albania at 15/2

For details of advised bookmakers and each-way terms, visit our transparent tipping record


Turkey v Albania

Burak Yilmaz celebrates during Turkey's 2-0 win over France
Burak Yilmaz celebrates during Turkey's 2-0 win over France

While France were the red hot favourites to secure their spot at the Euro 2020 finals as winners of Group H, Turkey are springing a surprise and currently sit above the reigning world champions on goal difference.

Turkey have won five of their six games so far, conceding just two goals, both of which came in a defeat away at Iceland.

They demonstrated their position was no fluke with victory over France in June, although failed to build a lead at the top with that sole loss coming three days later.

Turkey's home form has been a huge positive with three wins from three - although France's 11 goals in comparison to their seven puts them ahead in that regard.

In fairness to Albania they have managed to secure victory in one of their three on the road, giving them the third best away record in the division. Their two defeats came against France, as would have been expected, and Iceland, who as Turkey know are no pushovers.

While arguably exceeding expectations, Albania have come unstuck when faced with a serious test and this counts as one, with the hosts strongly fancied to win.

There's two bets which really appeal here and the first is going for the home side to net three or more goals at a price of 5/2.

They need to win this game with a trip to France next up - where a positive result could see them in the hat for the tournament draw - and with Albania there for the taking on the road, Turkey are expected to make a big statement having scored four in Moldova last time.

It's also worth taking the 15/2 on Burak Yilmaz bagging a brace. The veteran striker missed the last round of international fixtures with a foot injury but is back and has scored two goals in three games for Besiktas.

The 34-year-old has demonstrated throughout his career that he is a proven goalscorer, whatever the level. In 301 Super Lig games, Yilmaz has scored 176 goals and has 24 in 56 for his country.

With the captain's armband, alongside the absence of another star striker in Cengiz Under, Yilmaz should be involved from the very start. Despite entering the latter stages of his career, he has shown no signs of slowing down and got 16 goals in 22 league appearances during the 2018/19 campaign.

Best bet: Turkey to score 3+ goals at 9/4

Best bet: Burak Yilmaz to score 2+ goals at 15/2


Andorra v Moldova

Moldova celebrate a surprise goal against France
Moldova celebrate a surprise goal against France

While Turkey are battling at the top end of Group H, these two sides have offered very little at the bottom.

In a group containing current world champions France, Turkey and Iceland, it's fair to say that not too much was expected of either Andorra or Moldova - and they have certainly lived up to that billing.

In a combined 12 games so far, these two teams have scored just two goals - and both of those were for Moldova and on home soil.

Moldova have zero on their tally on the road with nine goals conceded. Andorra are burdened with the same record in front of their own supporters. Goals have been a major problem.

Under 1.5 goals in the contest at 11/10 looks solid with all of this in mind, and provides more appeal than the 9/2 available on a 0-0 draw. It's nice to have that safety net, just in case a fluke deflection or goalkeeping error sees the ball finds its way into the back of the net.

It's also worth pointing out that the reverse fixture in September finished 1-0 in favour of Moldova. Don't expect this one to be a classic but that doesn't necessarily mean it should be passed over as a betting medium.

Best bet: Under 1.5 goals in the contest at 11/10


Czech Republic v England

Our preview and best bets for Czech Republic v England
Our preview and best bets for Czech Republic v England

Well the good news is we're fancying goals here - and they should be in the favour of the visitors as England look to book their spot in the finals next summer.

George Pitts has done the full preview for this one (that's available to read here), in which he writes:

'With England's defence showing frailties, there is a temptation to back the hosts to register at least four shots on target at 6/4, but the preference is on the Three Lions to be in the goals once again.

'They have scored at least four in their last four European Championship qualifying matches and, while it is expected to be closer this time around, they can at least net three and the 7/4 price available certainly catches the eye.

'With the front three of Sterling, Kane and Jadon Sancho, combined with Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson, Ben Chilwell and Trent Alexander-Arnold likely to be providing support, England can do the job here to secure qualification.

'England were given a test by Kosovo last time out, but Sterling, Kane and Sancho all got on the score sheet and all look threatening when on the attack in a Three Lions shirt. The shackles are off and they appear to enjoy playing for their country, with the feel-good factor clear in Gareth Southgate's squad.'

The full preview contains two best bets, alongside all the information you need for the Euro 2020 draw.

Best bet: England to score 3+ goals at 7/4


Odds correct as of 1130 BST on 10/10/19

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