France vs Turkey Euro 2020 qualifiers – Group Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Euro 2020 France vs Turkey
France vs Turkey Euro 2020 qualifiers

The match is over.
Score: 1-1.

Group H has been even at the top for the majority of rounds of games, so the meeting between France and Turkey in Paris could prove decisive in the long run.

Predictions

France, Turkey and Iceland have found themselves fighting for two places at the top of Group H, as two teams will qualify for Euro 2020 automatically.

Albania have been on the fringes of the three-horse race with the October round of internationals also pitting Iceland against France three days prior to Turkey’s trip to Paris.

Turkey met Albania at the same time as Iceland-France but it’s Iceland who could be the big winners of the October fixtures as they’ll get an almost-guaranteed three points from their meeting with minnows Andorra, which takes place at the same time as France-Turkey.

The Turks are aiming for a second consecutive European Championships appearance after reaching France in 2016 – but they failed to get out the group. It’s a far cry from third place at World Cup 2002, and a semi-final appearance at Euro 2008.

Indeed, Turkey, despite a fierce football culture and the ability to produce some gifted players, have rarely been a force on the international scene. France, by contrast, are not only current world champions but the home of some of the game’s greatest talents.

That’s what made Turkey’s 2-0 win in this fixture in June such a shock – but France have enough quality to avenge that scoreline and win this one 3-1.

Statistics

Head to Head

Turkey won the last time the countries met, in June.

Prior to that, France won in a 2009 friendly through a Karim Benzema penalty, and in the 2003 Confederations Cup – Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Sylvain Wiltord scoring in a 3-2 victory.

Stats

  • France’s defeat against Turkey was the first time in 2019 they had lost a match.
  • Prior to facing Iceland, France had only failed to score more than two goals in a game twice in 2019 – once in losing to Turkey and the other time in a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia.
  • France’s loss to Turkey in June was their first ever defeat against the Crescent-Stars.
  • Turkey manager Senol Gunes was in charge when the nation finished third at World Cup 2002 – but was sacked when Turkey failed to qualify for Euro 2004.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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