Our prediction for this match:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Azerbaijan, Turkey will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Moldova on Thursday evening. Turkey boss Senol Gunes rested several first-team regulars in the win over Azerbaijan, but he is likely to field the best possible side against Moldova, with Lille attacker Burak Yilmaz pushing for a start. Milan ace Hakan Calhanoglu should start the game as well.
The Moldovans, on the other hand, have been struggling at the back in the World Cup qualifiers, with the team conceding 12 goals in total in the process. The former Soviet Republic face an uphill task in Thursday’s friendly, and regardless of which Turkey players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered. In their last meeting in a competitive game Turkey rolled over Moldova 4-0.
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 (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan.
The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.