Turkey - Norway


International
Under / Over
Pick: Over 2,25 goals
Odds: 1.95
Stake: 1
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Match date: 08/10/2021

Match of the 7th round in Group G of the European World Cup qualifiers in Istanbul will be played Turkey and Norway at 8.45 pm CET. This is one of the key games to unfold in this group, as Norway is second with 13 points and Turkey third with 11 points.


For Turkey, this match has a special significance because if it doesn't win three points, it's difficult to hope for the first or second place at the end of this qualification. Turkey come into the match on the back of a hugely disappointing loss 1:6 against Netherlands.


Turkey fell behind in the first minute of the match and conceded two more goals before half time. Central defender Caglar Söyüncü was sent off in the 44th minute and the Netherlands scored three additional goals in the second half.


After that defeat, coach Senil Gunes was sacked, and he was replaced by 58-year-old German strategist Stefan Kuntz, who is making his debut on the bench today.


- I am full of positive energy because I know the potential of Turkish players. I want this pressure. That was what I wanted when I was offered the job. If you coach a national team, you should know that there will be pressure - he said.


Turkey must forget that defeat and focus all efforts on today's match against Norway. Coach Stefan Kuntz will be without defenders Caglar Söyüncü and Ozan Kabak and young midfielder Orkun Kokcu tonight through suspension, while striker Kenan Karaman has pulled out of the squad through injury.


Kaan Ayhan and Merih Demiral should therefore feature in the middle of the defense, while Berat Ozdemir could make his Turkey debut in the middle of the pitch. Hakan Calhanoglu could be asked to operate off the left in this match, with the captain and leading goalscorer Burak Yilmaz being joined in attack by Yusuf Yazici.


In the 4-3-3 tactical formation there is no doubt that Kuntz will order pressure and offensive from the first minute. Media reports suggested that the German coach wants to bring more urgency and vertical play to the midfield and rid the players of the overindulgence in back passes that have been annoying fans. Cengiz Ünder and Hakan Calhanoglu, who both had solid starts to their new lives at Olympique Marseille and Inter Milan, respectively, are expected to lead the attack along with veteran Lille striker Burak Y?lmaz.


Norway comes to Istanbul full of optimism and bidding to qualify for the finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1998, when they reached the round of 16. Stale Solbakken's side have impressed in Group G thus far, winning four, drawing one and losing one (against Turkey 0:3) of their six matches to collect 13 points, level with leaders Netherlands.


Norway enjoyed an excellent September, picking up seven points from their three matches against Netherlands, Latvia and Gibraltar. Now, they have two huge matches against Turkey and Montenegro before finishingr qualification campaign with games against Latvia and Netherlands in November.


Norway, meanwhile, will be missing several key players against Turkey. The team's top strikers, Erling Haaland and Alexander Sorloth, won't feature, nor will Premier League duo Joshua King and Kristoffer Ajer.


National coach Solbakken could decide to switch 4-3-3 formation due to his issues in the final third of the field, with Kristian Thorstvedt potentially leading the attack line. Arsenal's Martin Odegaard could also operate in an advanced area, while striker Mohamed Elyounoussi and midfielder Patrick Berg are both in line for starts in the key qualifying match in Istanbul.


For Turkey, this is a "live or die" match and with the huge help of the fans and the new coach Kuntz, the hosts will do everything to win. Norway is without the top scorer Haaland, but in great shape and full of confidence. The guests will have many opportunities for counter-attacks and they are counting on success here.


Norway have been tough to beat on the road in recent matches and undefeated in each of their last 9 matches in all competitions. Turkey have a good record of seven undefeated matches in last eight home World Cup qualifiers. Also, over 2,5 goals have been scored in their 8 last World Cup qualifying fixtures. The option with three goals in total seems ideal for a bet in this match...





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