Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Netherlands and Turkey square off against each other at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam in what is expected to be an entertaining World Cup qualifier. The Oranje aim to overtake Turkey in top position, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Senol Gunes’ troops. A man to watch in the home team will be Memphis Depay, who scored a brace in a 4-0 win over Montenegro, while Mathijs de Ligt, who returned to contention at the weekend, should keep his place in the starting XI.
PSV winger Cody Gakpo should retain his spot in the starting line-up as well after finding the net in the crushing of Montenegro. The Turks, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 3-0 win over Gibraltar, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Tuesday’s qualifier. Both Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu return to the starting XI after the duo was rested at the weekend. Anyhow, given Turkey’s attacking potential, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Memphis Depay):
Memphis Depay is a Dutch winger who started his professional career at PSV Eindhoven. During the 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign the pacey footballer was on Manchester United’s radar and on June 12, 2015 the Premier League club confirmed the signing of the Dutchman. Many people expected that he would impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League season, but the former PSV ace played below expectations for the Red Devils, scoring only two goals (one assist) during the season.
After playing only for league games for Man Utd in the 2016/2017 season, Memphis Depay was sold to Olympique Lyon on January 20, 2017. Depay signed a four-and-a-half year deal with les Gones for a fee of around £16 million. The Dutch winger was producing fine performances for Lyon in the 2016/2017 season; he scored five goals for the club, while providing eight assists for his teammates.
Memphis Depay made his senior debut for Netherlands on October 15, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Turkey. Depay did well to win the 2011 European Championship with Netherlands U17 team.
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.