Turkey will play at home against Luxembourg in the group stage of the Nazi League. The match will take place on September 22, beginning at 18:45 GMT.
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Nations League 2022-23
Relegation to the second tier of the UEFA Nations League may not soften Turkey’s blow from missing out on the 2022 World Cup, but having topped Group C1, they are now on the quest for a fifth consecutive win for the first time since 2019, though one point would have been enough to secure promotion here against their only rivals for first place.
Manager Stefan Kunz surprised fans by not naming a single Besiktas player in his team, although Istanbul Basaksehir’s Serdar Gürler is returning after a four-year absence.
The national team were relegated during the last Nations League campaign but found League C much more attractive and now go unbeaten in nine home matches, scoring at least two goals in eight of them.
Their home record in this competition is also improving as having lost their first three matches in Turkey, all in Group B, they are now four match unbeaten.
Luxembourg, whose only previous victory in eight meetings with Turkey came in their first clash back in 1972!
Manager Luke Holtz has already lamented his team’s chances, acknowledging that his game plan is “falling apart” after a string of injuries to key players that he described as a “little catastrophe” – less than ideal preparation for away teams who know they need a win.
Kiki Martins, Oli Thill and Mathias Olesen are among those absent, raising concerns for a team that has only won five of its last 21 matches.
However, the national team can benefit from their strong away record in the tournament, with just two defeats in eight games en route to this competition.
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Players to watch
Serdar Dursun made a great start to his international career, scoring seven goals in eight caps for Turkey, including four of four in the Nations League.
Meanwhile, all eight of Danel Sinani’s goals for Luxembourg came in 16 matches at this tournament. The player can become a key player in this match.
Head to Head
The two teams have faced each other eight times in all competitions, including friendlies. All games produced convincing results, with Turkey winning seven games and Luxembourg only one win.
Their UEFA Nations League meeting at the Stade de Luxembourg in June ended in a (2-0) victory for the Crescent Stars.
— UEFA Nations League (@EURO2024) September 22, 2022
|Turkey win 1.25||Draw 6.40||Luxembourg win 15.00|
Turkey have yet to concede a goal in their group stage matches this season and are the clear favorites in this game. It will be a very difficult match for the away side, but the national team will fight for a good result
However, the hosts have an excellent record against the guests and should be able to secure a win.
Prediction for this match: Turkey to win with a handicap (-2).
- Handicap (-1) goal against Turkey.
- Total over (2.5) goals.