Turkey-Sweden Betting Preview: Why backing goals at both ends could prove profitable

Neither side may have reached World Cup 2014 but our tipster expects plenty of goalmouth action when Fatih Terim's men play host to Erik Hamren's side on Wednesday
Two sides disappointed to miss out on qualifying for World Cup 2014 go head-to-head in an international friendly when Turkey play host to Sweden in Ankara on Wednesday night.

Despite coming up short in their bid to reach this summer’s showpiece event in Brazil, Fatih Terim’s men have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in recent months having won five of their last six matches.

Turkey can be backed at 6/5 (2.20) with William Hill to keep the momentum going with victory on home soil against their Scandinavian opponents on Wednesday evening.

Erik Hamren’s men missed out on a place at World Cup 2014 after being edged out by a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal in the play-off round but have responded well to that disappointment by claiming friendly victories over Moldova and Iceland respectively.

The Swedes can be backed at 23/10 (3.30) with William Hill to claim a third successive friendly victory when they line up against Turkey while the same firm go 16/5 (4.20) that Wednesday’s tussle ends all square.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may well be chosen to lead the line for Erik Hamren’s side in Ankara and, should the 32-year-old front man start then there would be value in backing the 3/1 (4.0) “headline offer” quote from William Hill for Ibrahimovic to find the net at any time in a victory for the visitors.

Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz has scored 13 goals in 33 matches for Turkey and William Hill offer a special “headline offer” of 7/2 (4.50) that the 28-year-old forward finds the net at any time in a win for Fatih Terim’s side on Wednesday.

Turkey have found the net in nine of their last 11 matches and boast plenty of firepower but the Swedes have scored in 11 of their last 12 matches and will be confident of breaching the home defence on Wednesday night.

With little to separate the sides, punters are instead advised to back goals here and the 4/5 (1.80) quote on offer from William Hill for both teams to find the net in Ankara should be snapped up accordingly.

Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) 2pts with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an 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.