Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
There will be fireworks when Turkey and Norway face each other in a highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier at Ulker Stadyumu. Both teams are vying for second place in Group G; therefore, this should be one of the most entertaining games of Friday’s program. Turkey aim to bounce back from a heavy 6-1 loss to Netherlands, and given their attacking potential, we are positive that Burak Yilmaz and Co. will make life difficult for the opposition defenders.
Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu is banned for the match, while new boss Stefan Kuntz will rely on Inter ace Hakan Calhanoglu. The Norwegians, on the other hand, head into the match without star attacker Erling Haland, who is out of contention through injury. It has to be noted that Norway defeated Turkey 3-0 when the two teams met in Oslo earlier in the process.
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 (Norway):
Norway are a Nordic side that participated three times at the FIFA World Cup finals (1938, 1994 and 1998). The Norwegians were producing fine performances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, with the team setting up a meeting with Italy in the last 16 of the showpiece tournament thanks to a 2-1 win over Brazil in their last group match.
However, the Azzurri proved to be a big catch for Norway and thanks to Bobo Vieri’s goal the Italians made it to the quarter-finals. Norway only once qualified for the European Championship finals, with the team suffering elimination in the group stages of the 2000 tournament in Belgium and Netherlands. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the most famous Norwegian player and it is well known that he helped Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
The “Baby-faced” striker scored the winner for the Red Devils in the dying seconds of the match. Norway play their home games at Ullevaal Stadion, which was opened in September, 1926. The capacity of the venue is 28.000.