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Turkey v Georgia Prediction, Tips and Odds: Turkey to win opening game

Turkey should have enough to prevail in their opening Euro 2024 fixture and they can be backed at 7/10 to beat Georgia.

After an abject failure at the last Euros and missing out on the World Cup in Qatar, Turkey will be expecting to take care of first-timers Georgia in their Group F opener in Dortmund.

For Georgia, this is the day they have waited for since they played their first international match as an independent country 34 years ago, and they will be confident their first-ever match at a major finals ends in a win.

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Turkey to win - 7/10

There will be no shortage of pride and passion in the Georgian camp as the former Soviet republic prepares to play its first ever match at a major tournament - but you have to wonder whether they have any more than that going for them.

Back-door entrants to Euro 2024 after finishing fourth in their group, nine points adrift of second-placed Scotland, they appreciate that the controversial qualifying system has worked in their favour.

But having seen off Greece in their play-off final - a win on penalties after a 0-0 draw - they will believe they can trouble (and beat) anybody, including Turkey.

And they would also argue they are playing Turkey at a good time with the Crescent Stars without a win since November.

But it's still hard not to believe that the lowest-ranked team in the competition, some 35 places below Turkey on Fifa's lists, are punching way above their weight here and will start with a loss at Signal-Iduna Park.

If you'd have been talking about this game at the turn of the year, Turkey would have been far shorter than the 7/10 odds currently chalked up. Former Sevilla and Milan boss Vincenzo Montella had taken charge in September and within a couple of months had masterminded a crucial 1-0 win in Croatia to all but nail down top spot in qualifying and then won 3-2 in Germany in a friendly.

Since then Turkey have played five and won none, though all fixtures on the road and a 0-0 draw in Italy prior to the finals wasn't the worst result. The 6-1 drubbing in Austria in March, however, very definitely was.

Montella looks to have struck upon a nice balance with his squad with Inter Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu's experience crucial, while all around him dance some bright young stars such as Real Madrid teenager Arda Guler, another 19-year-old, Juve's Kilday Yilmiz, and Rennes frontman Bertug Yildirim, just 22.

There is the potential in this group for something really exciting and while much the same was said three years ago and ended in tears, back them to get off to a winning start.

Georgia Under 9.5 Shots - 5/6

Georgia averaged 3.1 shots on target per game, far less than Turkey (5.7) and even less than the likes of Kazakhstan, Armenia and Northern Ireland.

Creating chances and scoring goals is going to be difficult for a side who might have an undoubted star in Khvicha Kvaratskhelia but it's one thing looking good surrounded by world-class players at Napoli, another being able to shine in a national side culled from a very different standard.

Zuriko Davitashvili and Budu Zivzivadze have scored goals this season but in second tiers with Bordeaux and Karlrsuher while Georges Mikautadzi also had a prolific season in a Metz team relegated from Ligue 1.

They look limited and may well struggle to create chances and certainly under 9.5 shots at 5/6 looks a decent call.

Kenan Yildiz anytime goalscorer - 5/2

Juventus are so desperate to tie down Kenan Yildiz to a long-term deal that the Italian giants are continuing negotiations with the 19-year-old's representatives during the finals. That's how hot a property the youngster is.

Yildiz only made his Turkey Under-21 debut 18 months ago, his national team debut last October and has made 27 appearances in Serie A in his breakthrough year for Juventus.

He scored four goals for Juve, a decent return having made only nine starts, operating in a No.10 role which he also plays in for Turkey. His only international goal was in Germany last year, a 3-2 win over Die Mannschaft in a friendly - back him to get his second in the same country by scoring against the Georgians.

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Turkey v Georgia odds

Turkey - 7/10
Draw -
Georgia -

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