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Turkey vs Latvia Prediction & Match Preview



Turkey vs Latvia Prediction & Match Preview



30 March 2021 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET World Cup Qual

Turkey will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group G when they take on Latvia at Ataturk Olimpiyat stadium. 

The Turks have been performing above all expectations in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the team beating Netherlands (4-2) and Norway (3-0) to clinch top position in the standings. 

Senol Gunes’ men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and we are positive that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Tuesday evening.

A man to watch in the home team will be Lille attacker Burak Yilmaz, who scored a hat-trick against the Oranje. 

The Latvians head into the match following back-to-back defeats to Montenegro (1-2) and Netherlands (0-2), and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the Group G leaders in Istanbul. Defender Kriss Karklins is banned for the visiting team.

Turkey vs Latvia: Head to Head

Teams Turkey Latvia played so far 5 matches.
Turkey won 0 direct matches. Latvia won 1 matches. 4 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.

Turkey vs Latvia: Prediction

Turkey in actual season average scored 1.61 goals per match. In 10 (55.56%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (44.44%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Latvia average scored 0.69 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (76.47%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (29.41%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Having fielded virtually full-strength lineups against two of their biggest challengers for group supremacy, Turkey could rotate their resources somewhat for their third competitive match in a week.

Though Senol Gunes is without Leicester City forward Cengiz Under this month, Yusuf Yazici has deputised well in support of chief goal threat Burak Yilmaz, though both the Lille man and his veteran skipper may be rested on Tuesday.

Gunes certainly has a healthy array of attacking options, so Cenk Tosun and Enes Unal could both be given the opportunity to impress this time out.

Promising Juventus defender Merih Demiral did not feature in either of the first two games and failed to even make the trip to Spain at the weekend, but could come into consideration if passed fit before kickoff.

Right-back Zeki Celik also missed the Norway game due to injury, while Liverpool defender Ozan Kabak only featured as a substitute due to illness, but will start if Demiral remains absent. Sassuolo duo Kaan Ayhan and Mert Muldur are also set to continue in the back four for the hosts.

Meanwhile, the visitors' Elvis Stuglis was forced to pull out of the squad before their opening game, while Vladislavs Gutkovskis and Kaspars Dubra also reported injuries and have been ruled out.

Despite conceding twice more on Saturday, Latvia did well to keep the score down against a rampant Netherlands side, so another start for Dundalk's Raivis Jurkovskis at left-back is on the cards, while goalkeeper Roberts Ozols came into the XI in Amsterdam and made a number of saves in just his fifth start.

Forward Davis Ikaunieks is vying for a place alongside his brother, playmaker Janis Ikaunieks, in the starting lineup, though Swiss Super League striker Roberts Uldrikis is favourite to keep his place up front.

Turkey possible starting lineup:
Cakir; Muldur, Kabak, Ayhan, Erkin; Yazici, Tufan, Antalyali, Karaman; Unal, Tosun

Latvia possible starting lineup:
Ozols; Savalnieks, Tarasovs, Cernomordijs, Jurkovskis; Jaunzems, Zjuzins, Tobers, Ciganiks; J. Ikaunieks; Uldrikis