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Turkey vs Georgia

Turkiye-vs-Georgia-euro2024Turkey begin their Euro 2024 journey against Georgia on Tuesday at the Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund. The Turks topped qualifying Group D ahead of Croatia and Wales but have struggled since with some troubling results. They’re winless in their last five matches and the 6-1 defeat to Austria in March was a scoreline that raised eyebrows. This is a tricky-looking group, and early points could prove to be decisive, so Turkey will need their star man Hakan Calhanoglu at the top of his game.

Georgia is the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament and, unsurprisingly, is making their European Championships debut. After not overly impressing in their qualifying group, they were handed a lifeline in the playoffs and duly took advantage. Their 1-0 win over Greece secured their place both at Euro 2024 and in Georgian football history. Anything else is a bonus, but don’t expect them to simply roll over for an opponent with whom they share an international border. Keep an eye on Napoli playmaker Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

This game represents the perfect opportunity for Turkey to put their recent poor form behind them and kick-start their group stage campaign. Regarding the Euro 2024 betting prediction, they’re the bookies’ favourites on the match odds market and their odds are tempting enough, but for those looking for a better price, the -1 handicap market could be used effectively here. Calhanoglu is renowned as an expert set-piece taker, so backing him to score outside the area could be another shrewd play. Georgia always seems to find a goal, having scored in 9 of their last 10 games, so our final tip is for Turkey to win the game with both teams scoring.

See the table with our top picks below:

Turkey vs Georgia (Thursday, 18 June 17:00)
⚽ Turkey (-1) 27/20 @Mystake
⚽Hakan Calhanoglou Anytime Scorer 131/50 @Donbet
⚽BTTS 28/25 @Royal Fortune

Also, find out our predictions for the other Tuesday’s match: Portugal vs Czech Republic.