Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Turkey will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group G when they take on Latvia at Ataturk Olimpiyat stadium. The Turks have been performing above all expectations in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the team beating Netherlands (4-2) and Norway (3-0) to clinch top position in the standings. Senol Gunes’ men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and we are positive that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Tuesday evening.
A man to watch in the home team will be Lille attacker Burak Yilmaz, who scored a hat-trick against the Oranje. The Latvians head into the match following back-to-back defeats to Montenegro (1-2) and Netherlands (0-2), and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the Group G leaders in Istanbul. Defender Kriss Karklins is banned for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Hakan Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses.
The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
Highlighted Team (Latvia):
Latvia is yet another former Soviet republic. The Latvian footballers played for the Soviet Union national team until 1992 and they have been playing for Latvia ever since. The Sarkanbaltsarkanie (Red-white-red) did remarkably well to qualify for the Euro 2004 finals, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in Portugal.
Latvia kicked off their Euro 2004 campaign with a 2-1 loss to Czech Republic and they managed to hold Germany to a goalless draw in their second group game. The former Soviet republic suffered a 3-0 loss to Netherlands in their last game in Group D and, as a result, they did not make it to the knockout stages of the European Championship finals.
Latvia suffered their biggest defeat on May 29, 1927 when they were beaten by Sweden 12-0 in Stockholm. Speaking of their biggest victory, the Latvians outclassed Lithuania 5-0 on two occasions. The Latvian national football team play their home games at Skonto stadium in Riga and the capacity of the venues is 9.500.