Czech Republic v Turkey: History points to at least two goals

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It’s hard to imagine many fans outside the diehard circles of Czech Republic and Turkey will tune in to watch the pair’s final Group D encounter. But if entertainment is expected to be in short supply, betting opportunities are not.

So far, the duo have combined for just one point and two goals in the tournament. The Czechs are responsible for all of them.

Victory is almost certain to see them through to the knockout stages, but aside from a flutter on that outcome, the game provides plenty of intrigue from a punting point of view.

For a start, the winning margin may be a route to explore. Half of the last six meetings between the two have been separated by just a single goal, with Turkey claiming two triumphs by such a distance.

We go 7/2 that Fatih Terim’s men add a third to their tally, while it’s an 11/4 chance that Tomas Rosicky and co prevail by the odd goal.

In the last four battles, each game has contained either two or three goals, which are handily grouped together in our goal bands market and is priced at an even-money chance for the latest encounter.

Considering the Czechs have netted in 12 of their last 13 group games at the European Championships and Turkey haven’t kept a clean sheet at the Finals since Euro 2000, a game containing either two or three strikes looks to be the way forward.

For those interested only in the match-betting market, it’s the Czech Republic that are preferred at 29/20 to win, with the draw at 13/5 and Turkey a 2/1 chance.

Victory would seal third spot for Pavel Vrba’s men, where they would then need to wait and see whether four points is enough to progress them into the round of 16.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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