Wales faces a must-win scenario against already-qualified Turkey in their Euro 2024 qualifying finale at Cardiff City Stadium, hoping for a victory while relying on Croatia’s potential slip-up to advance.
Wales’s chances rely on securing maximum points against Turkey after their 1-1 draw with Armenia.
However, their fate depends on Croatia’s performance against Armenia, as Wales currently trails behind the top two in Group D.
The Dragons’ draw with Armenia halted their quest for automatic qualification, necessitating a win against Turkey and favorable results in other fixtures to secure their spot in next year’s Euros.
In contrast, Turkey, having already secured qualification, arrives at Cardiff City Stadium following a recent triumph over Germany.
With a strong qualifying campaign under their belt, they aim to further solidify their status as group winners.
Wales might introduce Tottenham’s Brennan Johnson, recently recovered from injury, into the starting XI. Aaron Ramsey’s absence persists, while Chris Mepham’s suspension will likely see Tom Lockyer joining the back three.
Turkey might reshuffle their lineup, with several players, including Kenan Yildiz, showcasing promising performances.
Real Madrid’s Arda Guler remains sidelined due to injury, with Emre Akbaba possibly starting in Hakan Calhanoglu’s absence.
Lockyer, Rodon, Davies;
Roberts, J. James, Ampadu, Williams;
Celik, Bardakci, Kabak, Kadioglu;
Akbaba, Ozcan, Yuksek;
Akturkoglu, Yilmaz, Yildiz
Prediction: Wales 1-2 Turkey
Turkey, buoyed by their recent win against Germany, enters with high confidence, while Wales faces an uphill battle for direct qualification.
Turkey’s form suggests a repetition of their win from the reverse fixture, cementing their strong presence at Euro 2024.