Racing Post - Euro 2020 - 2021-06-03


Turkey can gobble up most goals


By James Milton

With France, Germany and Portugal playing each other in the group stage, England, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands head the betting to be the highest-scoring team in the tournament. Much of the damage should be done in the group stage, although it is worth noting that France racked up 11 goals in four knockout games on their way to World Cup glory in Russia. It may be worth taking a flyer on Turkey at 100-1 in this market. They are around half that price to win the tournament and their recent defensive record suggests they are not going to grind their way to victory. Veteran striker Burak Yilmaz had a glorious Ligue 1 season for surprise champions Lille and he kicked off Turkey’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over the Netherlands. They followed that up with a 3-0 win over Norway and a 3-3 draw with Latvia, having also shared 3-3 friendly draws with Germany and Croatia last autumn and beaten Russia 3-2 in the Nations League. Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, Leicester’s Cengiz Under and Ozan Tufan of Fenerbahce provide goals from midfield and the Turks pose an aerial threat from set pieces through defenders Caglar Soynucu and Kaan Ayhan and striker Kenan Karaman. Unfortunately the market is win only – bookmakers aren’t charities – but the 100-1 pokes could outrun their odds.



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