Turkey take on the visitors Luxemburg in the round 5 match of UEFA Nations League (League C). The match will be played on Thursday, September 22nd at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium (Istanbul).
Turkey are trying to win back lost positions. The "Janissaries" seemed to be able to find their football under Senol Gunesh. They confidently advanced the Euro - but failed there completely, showing the worst statistics among all 24 participants. But in qualifying there was a good result - it turned out to go to the playoffs. But there in the spring they had to play in Portugal, and Ronaldo and the company, as expected, turned out to be stronger. And only in the Nations League, Stefan Kunz's wards shine - however, for this it was necessary to fall to Division C. But here the national team is simply stronger than all rivals: to the Faroe Islands and Lithuania they scored an average of 4 goals, and Luxembourg was defeated confidently, 2 -0.
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Luxembourg continues to build their reputation. The Red Lions are certainly looking on example another small nation, Iceland, who suddenly went from being an underdog to breakthrough of Euro 2016 and then making World Cup debut. This did not work for Luke Holtz and his wards, but still we should not call them an underdog. What happened to be confirmed at the level of this tournament. It all started with away 2-0 with the outsider of the quartet, Lithuania. And with the Faroe Islands, they managed to secure an advantage for ourselves: 1-0 away, 2-2 at home. But at the same time, this team has its own ceiling, which also manifested itself in June, in a key home match with the Turks. Then it was the visitors who scored a goal in each of the halves: first, Calkhanoglu converted a penalty, and in the 76th minute, Dursun scored to the final 2-0. As a result, even now there is a gap of 5 points between the teams.
In the first confrontation between the teams, exactly half a century ago, in 1972, Luxembourg won. But all 4 next full-time matches were won by Turkey. Turkey got a chance to close the quastion of winning the group at home - and should use it. We bet on the victory of "Janissaries" with a handicap of "-1.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Turkey to win with -1.5 handicap.