Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Buoyed by a splendid 6-0 win over Lithuania, Turkey will look to keep their 100% record in Group 1 intact when they take on Luxembourg at Stade de Luxembourg. The Turks impressed in their second group game, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win Saturday’s clash as well. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Fenerbahce forward Serdar Dursun, who scored a brace in Lithuania, while Inter ace Hakan Calhanoglu should keep his place in the starting XI.
Luxembourg, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Lithuania and Faroe Islands, but they will have a mountain to climb in Saturday’s game. In each of their last three meetings in all competitions Turkey defeated Luxembourg, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Gerson Rodrigues, who scored the winner against Faroe Islands.
Highlighted Player (Dave Turpel):
Born in Luxembourg on October 19, 1992, David Turpel is a striker who plays for F91 Dudelange. Over the years Turpel has established himself as a one of the best attackers in Luxembourg and he is likely to play an important role in Dino Toppmoller’s team in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign.
David Turpel represents Luxembourg on the international stage and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the national team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Turpel found the net against Macedonia, but that did not help Luxembourg avoid defeat in Skopje. He scored his second goal for the Luxemborurg national team in a friendly against Albania in June, 2017.
Luxembourg eventually won the match 2-1. His preferred foot is right, whilst his main position is centre-forward. The 188cm-tall striker has 10 caps for Luxembourg U21 team, scoring one goal in the process.
Highlighted Team (Turkey):
Present on the international stage since 1923, Turkey only started showing some promise during the 70’s, but they had to wait until the turn of the century to place themselves on the map. While they lost all three fixtures at their first ever European Championship finals in 1996, they fared much better four years later, reaching the last eight in Netherlands and Belgium.
Milli Takim were able to build on that result as they went on to reach the podium at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, while also finishing third at the 2003 Confederations Cup and making it to the semi-finals at the Euro 2008.
Rustu Receber, Hakan Sukur and Emre Belezoglu were important parts of the country’s most successful generation, but the one including Arda Turan, Selcuk Inan, Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu is threatening to surpass their achievements. As the Turkish Super Lig continues the get stronger, the national team follows, and we should expect some big result from Milli Takim in the near future.