Georgia - Turkey Betting Preview: Hosts could cause upset with slender victory

Both teams are in the rebuilding phase after failed attempts at making this summer's European Championship, and Adam Bate fancies the underdogs for a surprise win
Georgia and Turkey are two teams who will be rightly disappointed not to be featuring at Euro 2012.

The Crescent Stars suffered the disappointment of European Championship play-off heartache after a devastating 3-0 home defeat to Croatia in Istanbul.

Georgia endured a tough qualifying campaign in which the joy of a home triumph against Croatia was mitigated by a dismal draw in Malta.

As a result, experimentation may be the order of the day when the two nations meet in Austria in an international friendly on Thursday night.

Georgia are underdogs and the fact that they come into this one boasting wins over Albania and Moldova in their last two matches. They are 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365 to win this one.

Turkey are the favourites and will be looking to shrug off recent home defeats against Slovakia and Croatia. The eastern European country are 19/20 (1.95) with Bet365 to win here and a draw is available at 5/2 (3.5).

Expect this game to be a tight one given that Georgia have been competitive despite a difficult Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. There was no more than one goal in each of the 10 competitive matches.

With this in mind, consider the 7/4 (2.75) available in the Draw No Bet market.

If you’re after a more specific option, Bet365 have the industry-best price for a Georgia 1-0 win. That was the scoreline for both of the country’s home wins in qualifying and is available at 11/1 (12.0) here.

If that occurs expect the goal to come late on after a tight affair. Draw/Georgia at HT/FT is 15/2 (8.5) with Bet365.

Even if that proves beyond the home side, this should be a low-scoring game given that eight of Georgia’s 10 qualifying games featured two goals or fewer with no match seeing four goals. Backing under 2.5 goals at 9/10 (1.9) is a safe option and is the pick of the bets here.

Under 2.5 goals at 9/10 (1.9) with Bet365
Georgia to win 1-0 at 11/1 (12.0) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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