Turkiye vs Georgia Preview: A Crusade Of The Crescent Stars As Georgia Starts Its First-Ever Major Tournament

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
11 June 2024, 09:45

Turkiye vs Georgia

The Euro 2024 group stage match between Turkiye and Georgia is set to take place at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany. This encounter marks a significant moment for both teams, especially for Georgia, who are making their debut in a major international tournament. Turkiye, on the other hand, will be looking to capitalise on their experience and strong squad to secure a vital win in Group F, which also includes Portugal and the Czech Republic. The Crescent Stars enter the tournament with high expectations, aiming to improve on their disappointing performance at Euro 2020, where they failed to progress beyond the group stage. The Crusaders, having qualified for their first-ever major tournament, will be eager to make a strong impression.

Turkiye Team News

Turkiye’s qualification campaign was relatively smooth, finishing top of their group, one point ahead of Croatia. Despite a rocky start with a loss to Croatia, they bounced back with a six-game unbeaten run. Key figures in the squad include captain Hakan Çalhanoğlu, who will be pivotal in driving the team forward from midfield, and rising star Arda Güler from Real Madrid. Montella, who took over the managerial role in September 2023, has been working to instil a cohesive tactical approach, focusing on fast-paced play and utilising the width of the field to create scoring opportunities. The team goals are clear, Turkiye aims at least reach the knockout stages, with hopes of replicating their semi-final run from Euro 2008 and given Turkiye vs Georgia odds, emerging as a favourite in the upcoming match.

Georgia Team News

Georgia's historic qualification for Euro 2024 came through a dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout win over Greece after a goalless draw in the playoff final. This achievement marks their first appearance in a major tournament as an independent nation. Managed by Frenchman Willy Sagnol, Georgia's squad is led by star player Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who has been instrumental in their recent success. Kvaratskhelia, typically a winger for Napoli, has been deployed as a central striker for the national team, scoring crucial goals in the qualifiers. Georgia's journey to Euro 2024 was challenging, finishing fourth in their qualifying group but securing a spot through their UEFA Nations League performance. Sagnol's tactical adjustments, including a switch to a front-two formation, have paid dividends, and Georgia will be looking to make a significant impact in their debut tournament. 

Turkiye vs Georgia Prediction

Georgia Handicap +1

Georgia’s style of play will definitely bring troubles to Turkiye, given that the team is always struggling when it comes to disciplined defence and rapid counterattacks. During the qualification phase, the Crescent Stars faced an opponent with similar game fashion - Armenia, and narrowly won only once (2-1), with the second game ended 1-1. In this regard, Georgia has all the chances to bring trouble and even hope to get points in the upcoming match. This Turkiye vs Georgia tip can be picked up at 1.55 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Over 2.5

This match, despite the defensive approach of Georgia can become quite productive in terms of goals. Turkiye’s defence is quite vulnerable to the counter attacks, while the individual qualities of Arda Güler and Calhanoglu cannot be underestimate, given their abilities to find space in the tough defences. The odds for more than 2 goals scored are 2.28 as per MrPlay.

First To Score - Georgia

Despite plenty of quality in the midfield and attacking lines, Türkiye has a lot to work to improve in the defence. A recent friendly match against Austria (6-1) clearly highlighted a lot of problems in the back lines. At the same time, during the qualification phase, Turkiye conceded first in 4 out of 8 matches, indicating that Montella has work to do. Given the quality of Georgia in the attacking line, namely in the face of Kvaratskhelia, they will have all the chances to score first. This outcome comes at 2.99 at MrPlay.

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