Ukraine face Turkey on Tuesday evening in their final warm-up game before the start of this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament.
The co-hosts come into the match after tasting defeat for the first time in seven outings in Friday’s 3-2 loss to Austria in Innsbruck.
Ukraine did manage to level the scoreline twice, both times through Dynamo Kiev midfielder Oleh Gusev, who now has four goals in his last three international appearances. However, Marko Arnautovic’s late strike secured Austria’s second victory in the space of four days.
At odds of 11/5, Ukraine are slight outsiders in bwin’s 3Way football betting market to get back on track, with Turkey 5/4 for the win. The draw is also priced at 11/5.
Turkey narrowly missed out on making the European Championships following their play-off defeat to Croatia, having finished second in their qualifying group to Germany.
They go in to this match following their impressive 3-1 victory against a strong Portugal team in Lisbon on Saturday, despite the home side having by far the most chances.
A closer look at the statistics shows that Turkey last met Ukraine in a friendly in Kiev almost three years ago, with the visitors running out 3-0 winners.
Tuncay Sanli gave Turkey the lead before Servet Cetin and Hamit Altintop put the game beyond Ukraine’s reach, though with Blokhin’s men being in such solid goalscoring form, a similar outcome looks unlikely.
They could, however, be rattled by losing their unbeaten record, so backing the draw at 11/5 looks the best option here – and there could be big money to be made from punting on a high-scoring draw.
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Recommended bet: Ukraine and Turkey to draw @ 11/5
Outside punt: Ukraine and Turkey to draw 2-2 @ 11/1
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