September’s international window is drawing to a close as the Netherlands play host to a rampant Turkey side at the Johan Cruijff Arena in an exciting 2022 World Cup qualifying match-up.
Justifiably dubbed ‘group of death,’ Group G sees the top-three nations separated by a single point ahead of the kick-off, with Turkey topping the standings.
With five fixtures left to go and Norway agonizingly close, neither side have a margin for error here, which promises a highly competitive, action-packed contest.
After suffering Euro 2020 last-16 heartbreak against the Czech Republic, the Netherlands parted with previous boss Frank de Boer and brought back Louis van Gaal.
The ex-Manchester United manager marked his third debut at the national team with an underwhelming 1-1 draw with Norway on the road before brushing Montenegro aside with a comprehensive 4-0 home victory last time out.
Heading into proceedings on a run of four straight World Cup qualifying games without a loss (W3, D1), the Netherlands could dethrone top-placed Turkey with all three points here.
The Oranje’s free-scoring form gives their fans plenty to cheer about ahead of this trip, with van Gaal’s side netting over 1.5 goals in 11 of their last 13 internationals.
Another goal-friendly affair is well on the cards, at least based on the Netherlands’ return of over 2.00 goals scored an average across each of their last five World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Don’t let Turkey’s disastrous Euro 2020 campaign that witnessed them fail to make out of the group stage with zero points to their name deceive you.
The Crescent-Stars look firmly determined to reach the World Cup finals since their historic third-place finish in 2002, as evidenced by their imperious form in the ongoing qualifying cycle.
Senol Gunes’ men take the field as the only nation in Group G yet to taste defeat after five matches (W3, D2), notably bagging an average of 3.00 goals per game in the process.
Despite picking up four from the available six points in this international window, there should be no shortage of confidence in the traveling camp.
After turning a 2-0 half-time lead into a dismal 2-2 draw against Montenegro at home, Turkey eased past minnows Gibraltar 3-0 last time out to remain at the summit.
Additionally, the visitors have scored 2+ goals in all five 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures, highlighting the potential for throwing spectacle in Amsterdam.
Netherlands vs Turkey Head-to-Head
Turkey pulled off an overwhelming 4-2 home victory in the reverse fixture in March and will be looking to complete a World Cup qualifying double over the Netherlands for the first time.
However, that could be easier said than done, as they have never secured a triumph away against this opposition in a World Cup qualifier (D1, L2), drawing a blank in their last two visits to the country.
In fact, the Crescent-Stars had failed to get on the scoresheet in four consecutive trips to the Netherlands before being held to a 1-1 draw in their most recent visit in March 2015.
Netherlands vs Turkey Predicted Line-ups
Netherlands (4-3-3): Justin Bijlow; Denzel Dumfries, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Daley Blind; Georginio Wijnaldum, Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen; Steven Berghuis, Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn.
Turkey (4-4-2): Ugurcan Cakir; Zeki Celik, Merih Demiral, Caglar Soyuncu, Ridvan Yilmaz; Halil Dervisoglu, Okay Yokuslu, Hakan Calhanoglu, Cengiz Under; Yusuf Yazici, Kenan Karaman.