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Turkey vs Netherlands Prediction & Match Preview

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24 March 2021 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET World Cup Qual Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadi

All eyes will be on Turk Telekom Stadyumu when Turkey and Netherlands face each other in the 2022 World Cup qualifier. 


Turkey failed to impress in the Nations League, with the team finishing the process in the ultimate position in the standings, and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in Wednesday’s clash. 

The good news for boss Senol Gunes is that Lille attacker Burak Yilmaz has overcome his injury. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Milan ace Hakan Calhanoglu.

The Oranje, on the other hand, have established themselves as one of the best European teams. Even though Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk remains in the recovery room, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. 

Experienced goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg returns to the squad for the first in five years. 

Anyhow, Netherlands are more of a team than Turkey, and we predict that Memphis Depay and Co. will prove their worth on the field.

Turkey vs Netherlands Head-to-head

Teams Turkey Netherlands played so far 6 matches.
Turkey won 1 direct matches. Netherlands won 3 matches. 2 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 1.67 goals per Match.

Turkey vs Netherlands Prediction

Turkey in actual season average scored 1.48 goals per match. In 9 (52.94%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (41.18%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Netherlands average scored 1.82 goals per match in season 2021. In 11 (78.57%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

The Netherlands were expected to be without one of their key men, Lyon forward Memphis Depay, due to restrictions imposed by the French government on travelling during the coronavirus pandemic.

That would have seen Ryan Babel, who is now plying his trade for Galatasaray in Turkey, come into the side, with Steven Berghuis favourite to get the nod on the opposite flank.

However, it has since been confirmed that Depay has been given the all clear to link up with his nation side due to the French government making an exception to the mandatory quarantine regulation.

Tim Krul was selected in goal during the last international break, but Jasper Cillessen has since returned from injury and is likely to start in goal on Wednesday.

As for Turkey, Leicester City midfielder Cengiz Under is unavailable for his side's upcoming fixtures due to injury, so Yusuf Yazici should get the nod out on the right.

The hosts boast plenty of attacking firepower, with Hakan Calhanoglu expected to play just off Cenk Tosun, who has two goals in two appearances for Besiktas.

Galatasaray midfielder Taylan Antalyali and Goztepe winger Halil Akbunar are both in contention to earn their first senior international caps over the next week or so.

Turkey possible starting lineup:
Gunok; Celik, Soyuncu, Demiral, Erkin; Yazici, Turfan, Yokuslu, Calhanoglu, Karaman; Tosun

Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Blind, Wijndal; De Jong, Klaassen; Berghuis, Wijnaldum, Depay; De Jong


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