Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
After failing to spoil Iceland’s party in Reykjavik, Turkey will be aiming to return to winning ways in the 2020 Euro qualifiers when they host Andorra at Vodafone Park. The Turks missed out on a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and, no doubt, they are determined to book their place at the next year’s European championship. Seeing that they defeated star-studded France 2-0 in their last home game of the process, we are positive that Senol Gunes’ men are going to pick up all three points from Saturday’s clash.
Andorra, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their first four group games and considering that they have yet to find the net in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, we do not believe that the minnows are capable of spoiling Turkey’s party in Istanbul. Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu will be the man to keep an eye on in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Arda Turan):
Arda Turan is one of the most famous footballers in the history of Turkish football and he is widely tipped to break Rusti Recber’s record of 120 caps for Milli Takim. The attacking midfielder came to prominence at Galatasaray, while also impressing as Turkey reached the Euro 2008 semi-finals, and he immediately received offers from top European clubs to cash in on his impressive showings. However, it would take another three years before he finally decided to accept the call from Atletico Madrid, thus becoming the most expensive Turkish footballer.
Turan played a key role for Diego Simeone’s side that impressed in both Spain and Europe from 2011 onwards, lifting the league trophy with los Colchoneros and narrowly missing out on the Champions League title.
Achieving a superstar status in his country, Turan always performed well for the Turkey national team, making more than 90 appearances for Milli Takim before the age of 30, and scoring more than 15 goals.
Highlighted Team (Andorra):
Andorra national football team played their first official game in 1996, with the team suffering a 6-1 loss to Estonia. The Tricolours have been participating in both European Championship qualifiers and World Cup qualifiers since 2000, but they have yet to make it to the finals of the major tournament.
Andorra have established themselves as a cannon fodder for their rivals, but it has to be noted that they did well to beat Macedonia in the 2006 World Cup qualifier (1-0). The Andorrans play their home games at Estadio Nacional in Andorra la Vella and you should bear in mind that they suffered their biggest defeat in an official match on June 4, 2005 when they were outclassed by Czech Republic in Liberec.
Speaking of their biggest win, the minnows recorded a 2-0 victory over Belarus in a friendly game in Aixovall. The likes of Ildefons Lima and Oscar Sonejee are the most notable footballers who represented Andorra on the international stage.