Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Turkey will be looking to clinch their spot at the 2020 European Championship when they host Iceland at their Turk Telekom Stadyumu. The Turks are only one point away from booking their place at the next year’s showpiece tournament, but Thursday’s football game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Senol Gunes’ men aim to keep their 100% intact at home ground, but since Iceland are breathing down their neck in Group H, we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and his teammates are not regarded as good travelers, which is probably the main reason why away win should not be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Serie A star Hakan Calhanoglu, who is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders in the decider.
Highlighted Player (Cengiz Under):
Cengiz Under is a professional footballer who plays for both Roma and the Turkish national team. Born in Sindirigi, Turkey on July 14, 1997, Under is a pacey winger who began his youth career at Bucasport. In 2013 he moved to Altinordu and he continued playing for the Doganlar Stadium outfit at senior level.
After scoring 11 goals in 51 appearances in the league for Altinordu, Cengiz Under moved to big-spending capital club Basaksehir. The left-footed attacker scored 7 goals in 32 appearances in the Super Lig before joining Serie A side Roma in the summer of 2017. Under signed a €13.4 million worth deal with the Giallorossi, making his league debut in a 3-1 loss to Inter on August 26, 2017.
The Turkey international came as a substitute for Danielle De Rossi in the 83rd minute of the match. Speaking of his international career, Cengiz Under made his debut for the Turkish national team on March 27, 2017 in a 3-1 win over Moldova.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century.
The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake.
As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.