In 2018, Turkey and Netherlands did not qualify to the next world cup final round in Russia. Such failure shall not repeat again and their first step to get through to Qatar 2022 begins this week. They are both included in a tough teams group G with Norway, Latvia, Montenegro and Gilbratar. No wonder that this is one tricky match for both sides as well as intriguing clash considering their form lately.
Both teams’ latest news
Turkey decides to name four debutantes for the three games ahead in the current squad. They are Rizespor’s Gokhan Akkan, Fenerbahce’s Altay Bayindir, Gotzepe‘s Halil Akbunar and Galatasaray’s Taylan Antalyali. Yet, the head coach Senol Gunes chose not to include Leicester City Cengiz Under and Schalke’s loanee in Heracles Almeloo, Ahmad Kutucu due to their lack of playing time in their current teams.
Meanwhile, Netherlands have to lose Stefan de Vrij due to being tested positive COVID-19 and Memphis Depay because of the travel ban from the French government. This could be giving Frank de Boer a headache as they have already without a number of key men due to the injury such as Virgil Van Dijk and PSV youngster Mohammer Ihattaren. The former Inter Milan boss decided to call up the veteran Ryan Babel and Mainz’s defender Jerry St.Juste as their replacement instead.
Senol Gunes’s squad is filled with the players who have been the vital figures in their clubs, especially at the defence. The 4-1-4-1 formation might still be employed just like when they defeated Russia in UEFA Nations League. Caglar Soyuncu, Merih Demiral, Zeki Celik and Erkin Caner are the back four plus Celta’s loanee in WBA, Okay Yokuslu in front of them. Lille’s veteran striker Burak Yilmaz will still get a nod upfront supported by Kenan Karaman, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ozan Tufan and Irfan Kahveci on the second line.
His counterpart, Frank de Boer, is likely to deploy 4-2-3-1 formation. Sevilla’s Luuk de Jong is the best option to deputise Memphis Depay as the frontman while Gini Wijnaldum, Steven Bergwijn and Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis shall support him from behind.
Players to watch
Leicester man Caglar Soyuncu is considered the key man of their defence. The 24-year old defender has earned 30 caps. AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu will be the anchorman in their attack while Lille’s Yusuf Yazici could be brought on later to break the deadlock.
De Oranje will have to rely on several remaining vital figures in the squad. Frankie de Jong is definitely one of them, Sevilla’s man Luuk de Jong will be the main option to score. He has just notched up 5 goals in 32 caps.
Turkey vs Netherlands Prediction
The Turks shall take advantage in this fixture to snatch a win, especially considering Frank de Boer’s men are without Depay upfront. Netherlands’ form has not been that satisfactory in Nations League too with only two wins against Bosnia and Poland. A narrow win for Senol Gunes’ men is plausible.
The home side is the slight favourite in this clash. They are backed to win at 4/1. The value for a draw is at 3/1 whereas The Dutch’s win market is at 10/13.