Erling Haaland’s dream of playing in the world cup final could be materialised sooner as Norway has the chance to secure one spot for Qatar 2022, especially since Netherlands are still unable to revive their short glory days when Koeman was in charge. However, the qualifiers have just started and there are many decisive games ahead. One of such will take place this weekend when Norway is taking on Turkey, one of their strong rivals group G apart from De Oranje. It is the game which could determine whether Stale Solbakken’s men could claim for one spot at the top of the group.
Both teams’ latest news
Norway only managed to dismantle Gibraltar 3-0 in the first match of the qualifier. Alexander Sorloth, Kristian Thorsvieldt and Jonas Svensson scored their winning goals. Surprisingly their most prolific striker, Erling Haaland, was not on the scoresheet.
Meanwhile, Turkey stunned Netherlands with a big win. They trashed Frankie de Jong and Co 4-2. Their veteran striker Burak Yilmaz bagged a hattrick plus another goal through Hakan Calhanoglu’s long range shot. Frank de Boer’s men only replied twice through Davy Klaessen and Luuk de Jong.
Stale Solbakken would have to prepare for the new approach without Martin Odegaard and Sheffield United Sander Berge who are ruled out due to their injuries. The most possible option for them is deploying 4-4-2 with Haaland and Sorlorth as the front duo while the attack would most likely built-up from the wings with AC Milan Jens Pieter Hauge and Mohammed Elyanoussi occupying both sides.
Senol Gunes is bound to keep his winning starting IX here with Burak Yilmaz upfront supported by Hakan Calhanoglu and Ozan Tufan in the middle of the second line and Kenan Karaman plus Deniz Turuc operating on both flanks. The only name on the sideline is Juventus man Merih Demiral, who would be covered by Liverpool’s Ozan Kabak.
Players to watch
Erling Haaland remains the expected main scorer in Norway. He has already scored six goals in eight appearances only. Some other notable names to watch are his partner at the front, RB Leipzig man Alexander Sorloth, Jens Pieter Hauge and the veteran goalie of Hertha Berlin, Rune Jarstein.
Leicester man Caglar Soyuncu is considered the key man on the backline. The 24-year old defender has earned 31 caps. AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu will be the one leading their attack with Burak Yilmaz as the targetman or Lille man Yusuf Yazici as his deputy in the six yard box.
Norway vs Turkey Prediction
This is the encounter of two teams emerging to their new era with their own potential golden generation. Stale Solbakken’s men unfortunately would not be able to play all of his ace names due to the injury of Odegaard, while Turkey is more likely in a better circumstance as they have more than enough to cover Merih Demiral’s absence. Nevertheless, the match is likely to end in a tie since Senol Gunes’ men tend to be less impressive away from home.
The home side is the slight favourite in this clash. They are backed to win at 11/8. The value for a draw result is at 37/15 whereas Hakan Calhanoglu and Co’s win market is at 29/13.