Kiefer Moore’s late header rescued a point for the shock 2016 semi-finalists in the Azerbaijani capital at the weekend after Switzerland had initially gone ahead through Breel Embolo.
And with a difficult task against resurgent Italy to come in their final group contest in Rome at the weekend, Wales will know that a good result here is likely to prove absolutely pivotal to their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the European Championship once more.
Picked as many people’s outsiders to make an impact this summer, a youthful Turkey squad will be low on confidence but eager to bounce back swiftly after their chastening 3-0 defeat by the Azzurri on opening night.
Senol Gunes’ side were overwhelmed at the Stadio Olimpico, with efforts from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne following an unfortunate own goal from Juventus defender Merih Demiral.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Turkey vs Wales is scheduled for a 5pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The match will be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan.
Where to watch Turkey vs Wales
TV channel: The match will be televised on BBC One and Welsh TV channel S4C for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer or BBC Sport website.
Turkey vs Wales team news
Neither nation picked up any obvious new injury concerns in their respective opening matches.
However, while his attack rather picks itself with a fully-fit Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale joined by Dan James and target man Moore, stand-in Wales boss Robert Page could consider changes in defence and midfield – and maybe even a switch of formation – in a game that some will see as must-win.
The likes of Neco Williams, Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks will all be vying to come in.
For Turkey, top scorer in qualifying Cenk Tosun is missing with a serious knee injury, so the experienced Burak Yilmaz will expect to lead the line once more.
But it would not be a surprise to see Gunes make alterations after Friday night’s poor showing, with the likes of Leicester loanee Cengiz Under pushing to start.
Turkey vs Wales lineups
Turkey: Cakir, Celik, Ayhan, Soyuncu, Meras, Yokuslu, Karaman, Calhanoglu, Tufan, Under, Burak Yilmaz
Subs: Gunok, Demiral, Tokoz, Yazici, Bayindir, Antalyali, Kabak, Kokcu, Kahveci, Akturkoglu, Muldur, Dervisoglu
Wales: Ward, Connor Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Ben Davies, Allen, Bale, Morrell, Ramsey, James, Moore
Subs: Hennessey, Gunter, Neco Williams, Lockyer, Wilson, Tyler Roberts, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, Jonathan Williams, Brooks, Adam Davies, Levitt
Referee: Artur Soraes Dias (Portugal)
Turkey vs Wales squads
Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır, Mert Günok, Uğurcan Çakır
Defenders: Zeki Çelik, Çağlar Söyüncü , Kaan Ayhan, Merih Demiral, Mert Müldür, Ozan Kabak, Rıdvan Yılmaz, Umut Meraş
Midfielders: Yusuf Yazıcı, Dorukhan Toköz, İrfan Can Kahveci, Okay Yokuşlu, Orkun Kökçü, Ozan Tufan, Taylan Antalyalı, Hakan Çalhanoğlu
Forwards: Burak Yılmaz, Cengiz Ünder, Enes Ünal, Abdülkadir Ömür, Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Halil İbrahim Dervişoğlu, Kenan Karaman
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Adam Davies
Defenders: Connor Roberts, Neco Williams, Chris Gunter, Joe Rodon, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham, Ben Cabango, Ben Davies, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Tom Lockyer
Midfielders: Joe Allen, Joe Morrell, Matthew Smith, Jonny Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Dylan Levitt, Rubin Colwill, Harry Wilson
Forwards: Daniel James, David Brooks, Tyler Roberts, Gareth Bale, Kieffer Moore
Turkey vs Wales prediction
Turkey were dismal against Italy and looked rather overawed by the whole occasion, struggling badly to keep any sort of possession in the face of the Azzurri’s relentless pressing.
However, providing they can shake off the disappointment of those opening night jitters, they still have the quality to make things very difficult indeed for Wales.
Page’s men also looked a bit nervy against the Swiss and are capable of much better performances.
Another low-scoring draw looks likely here, leaving Wales with the unenviable task of trying to get a positive result against the Italians in Rome.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
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