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Predictions for Wednesday's World Cup Qualifier Matches

Turkey look like posing the biggest threat to the Netherlands’ direct qualification hopes in Group G and Senol Gunes’ side are backed to take a point from their encounter with the Dutch on Wednesday evening.

The current circumstances clearly mean that Turkey cannot rely on their traditionally raucous home support for this clash, and that undoubtedly makes this midweek trip a little more palatable for the visitors.

Nonetheless, the hosts are still a team to be respected after qualifying alongside France for the European Champions and they managed to beat the world champions 2-0 here in that qualifying campaign, while also earning a 1-1 draw at the Stade de France.

The Dutch are unbeaten in seven away trips, but they have only managed draws against the likes of Bosnia Herzegovina and Northern Ireland in recent outings. With the Turks losing just two of their last 14 at home, I think Gunes’ charges can scrap out a stalemate in this one and I am also predicting a 0-0 correct score for what could well be a tight and cagey affair at the Ataturk Arena.

Finland got the better of Bosnia 2-0 here in Euro 2020 qualifying and Markku Kanerva’s men are backed to follow-up that success on Wednesday night as Group D gets underway.

These sides are likely to be fighting it out with Ukraine for second spot in behind world champions France, so a positive result is vital for both in Helsinki, even at this early stage.

The Fins have won 11 of their last 14 home internationals including that aforementioned triumph over their opponents in June 2019 and have really progressed throughout the past couple of years, qualifying for Euro 2020 and only narrowly losing out to Wales in last season’s Nations League.

In contrast, Bosnia missed out on this summer’s delayed European Championships and they were outclassed in Nations League action, albeit in a tough section alongside Italy, Netherlands and Poland.

The visitors are without a win in their last eight games, losing six, and have won just one of their last 11 away trips.

Ivaylo Petev’s charges have been beaten by the likes of Armenia and Greece on their travels in recent times, so it’s easy to envisage Finland besting them once more this Wednesday and I am forecasting a 2-1 success in favour of the hosts.

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