Turkey - Ukraine Betting Preview: Expect goals in hosts' final friendly before Euro 2012

There have been goals aplenty in Oleg Blokhin's side's many recent friendly matches, and Al Hain-Cole can see no reason why this should not continue against The Crescent Stars
With Euro 2012 just a few days away, co-hosts Ukraine will be hoping to wrap up their pre-tournament preparations with a win against Turkey.

Oleg Blokhin’s team must be growing tired of friendly matches, and will be eager to get their teeth into some competitive football when they face Sweden on Monday.

First though, they must face a Turkish team with little to look forward to other than their summer holidays, but who come off the back of a couple of impressive wins against Bulgaria and Portugal.

The Turks may not be heading to Euro 2012 this week thanks to their playoff heartbreak against Croatia, but they are still 6/4 (2.50) favourites with Bet365 to come out on top this evening.

Ukraine suffered a disappointing defeat to Austria in their last game – their first defeat in seven - and can be backed at 15/8 (2.88) to earn a timely, confidence-boosting win.

The two teams have only drawn once in five previous encounters, and are at 11/5 (3.20) to cancel each other out this time.

Ukraine’s last five matches have boasted 23 goals, whilst Turkey seem to be playing with more freedom going forward with the pressure of European qualification no longer an issue.

Accordingly, a bet on 2.5 goals tonight at 21/20 (2.05) would seem sensible, as this would have paid out in nine of the last 10 games featuring these two opponents.

One major contributor to Turkey's increased goal haul in recent games has been Trabzonspor's Burak Yilmaz, who has bagged three goals in the last three friendlies.

The Super Lig's top-scorer claimed 33 goals in 31 games last season, and is available at 15/8 (2.88) to score at anytime against Ukraine.

Ukraine have struggled for a consistent goal-scorer since the decline of the ageing Andriy Shevchenko, but the legendary captain’s Dinamo Kiev team-mate Oleg Husyev has been picking up the slack of late.

With four goals in the last three games, the winger is an extremely tempting option at 4/1 (5.00) to score tonight.

Over 2.5 Goals at 21/20 (2.05) with Bet365
Oleg Husyev to score anytime at 4/1 (5.00) with Bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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