Match takes place in newly created UEFA Nations League, which also includes Romania v Montenegro
The action looks set to come thick and fast in the UEFA Nations League, the newest tournament in international football. And this coming Friday night (7 September) sees two mouth-watering ties, as Russia travel to take on Turkey whilst an in-form Romania side look set to host and out of form Montenegro.
First things first
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Following the excitement of hosting the World Cup earlier the summer, not to mention their impressive run to the quarter-finals, Russia now travel to Turkey looking to extend their recent run of good form. These two sides have been placed in League B and will be battling it out with Sweden – who were also at the World Cup – to make it up to League A.
The team who finishes bottom of the group will be relegated to League C, so it will be imperative for both sides to make a positive start to the competition. Turkey may have failed to make it to the World Cup but they come into this game as the favourites to take all three points at a price of 2.30, according to Oddsshark.
By way of comparison, visitors Russia are further out, at 3.25, to take the points on the road, while a draw looks the least likely outcome at 3.50.And while it is never easy to predict the exact score line of a match, a narrow 1-0 win for Turkey is priced at 6.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$30 pay out.
This may well be a low coring affair between two evenly matched teams, and under 2.5 goals in the game is priced at just 1.57. However, you could potentially more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals at 2.35.
And with home advantage, this should be a success for Turkey. You can back them to beat Russia to nil (without the visitors scoring a goal) at the competitive price of 3.40.
Romania look to extend excellent form in 2018
Meanwhile, Romania have been in fine form this calendar year and will look to continue that run against Montenegro on Friday. The home side have won their last four matches in a row and, given Montenegro’s dreadful recent form, will be confident of making that five come the end of the match.
Ironically enough, Montenegro have not won a match since beating Romania in a World Cup qualifier back in September 2017. In three previous meetings between the two countries, each side has won a game with the third game ending in a stalemate.
Romania’s win was a 4-0 thrashing back in 2008, but the odds on that happening again are all the way out at 34.00. Nevertheless, they do come into the match as red hot favourites to make a winning start to the UEFA Nations League.
The Romanians are at just 1.83 to take all three points, while Montenegro are out at 6.00 to record what would be a shock win on the road. A draw is priced down the middle at 3.20, and if Montenegro are to take anything from this match then a stalemate may be their best chance – a 1-1 draw is priced at 6.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$30 pay out.
However, a comfortable 2-0 win for Romania is priced only slightly higher at 7.00, and given their recent form it seems a reasonable bet to make. Under 2.5 goals in the game is also priced low at 1.53, while, again, you could more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals at 2.40.
In addition, you could also more than double your money by backing Romania to win to nil (without Montenegro scoring a goal) at a price of 2.60. They are also at 3.40 to score in both halves, and at the higher price of 5.50 to win both halves.
And teenage sensation Denis Dragus may well be worth backing in the goal scorer stakes. The teenager who looks to have a bright future in the game is at just 3.10 to score at any time during the game, while you can back him at 6.50 to net either the first or last goal of the contest.
UEFA Nations League fixtures:
Friday, 7 September
(2.05) Azerbaijan x Kosovo (3.80); draw (3.20)
(2.20) Albania x Israel (4.00); draw (3.10)
(1.75) Faroe Islands x Malta (6.50); draw (3.30)
(1.75) Italy x Poland (6.00); draw (3.50)
(8.00) Lithuania x Serbia (1.53); draw (4.00)
(1.83) Romania x Montenegro (6.00); draw (3.20)
(2.30) Turkey x Russia (3.50); draw (3.25)