Luxemburg and Turkey will see their 100% UEFA Nations League Records are at stake when they face off at the Stade de Luxembourg on Saturday night.
Both teams have won in each of their first two games in the 2022 competition, neither conceding a goal so far.
So far, it has been a perfect, and perhaps unexpected, start for Luxembourg in their Nations League campaign.
After impressively reaching within three points of promotion from Group C1 in 2020, the hosts on Saturday did well again in the same group two years later as well.
An impressive 2-0 road win in Lithuania on June 4 was followed by a hard-fought 1-0 win in the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night to see Luke Holzkeep the pressure on group favourites, Turkey.
Luxembourg deserved their midweek win having played better football and created more chances in front of goal, but they certainly received a helping hand or two on their way to victory.
Their hosts were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half thanks to Rene Shaki JoensenLuxembourg’s red card, before Luxembourg’s Gerson Rodrigues converted from the penalty spot seven minutes later.
Solvi Vatnhamar then saw red with 10 minutes left to reduce the Faroe Islands to nine men in the closing stages, allowing Luxembourg to stroll to a relatively comfortable victory in the end.
However, a much tougher test is ahead on Saturday against heavy favorites Turkey, but Holtz’s men are sure to be happy to return home for the first time in the 2022 campaign, and will look to use it at their advantage when looking for a shock result. when they go to the field.
Meanwhile, while Luxembourg produced two excellent results to unexpectedly start Group C1 with a 100% record, Turkey also did the same but with a large amount of expectation on their shoulders.
The disappointing last 12 months, in which Turkey were relegated from Nations League 2020 Group B3 and disappointed their Euro 2020 ‘dark horse’ tag of returning early without a single point from Group A, have been discarded for the time being. being.
A heartbreaking loss to Portugal in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers also shattered their dream of going to Qatar at the end of the year, but Stefan KuntzThe team sought to launch a brighter era by earning promotion to League B in the Nations League.
So far, comprehensive 4-0 and 6-0 wins have been recorded over the Faroe Islands and Lithuania, meaning Saturday’s visitors have certainly lived up to the expectation of being favorites for promotion in the current state of affairs.
Kuntz will be eager to avoid any complacency in his team’s play over this weekend and beyond, with the trip to Luxembourg perhaps not looking difficult on paper, but certainly possessing the potential for a mistake. on the third day.
This game also has history when it comes to clashes, with Luxembourg emerging victorious at home in 1972 in a 1974 World Cup qualifier.
However, Turkey have responded by winning all five encounters since then, and they will be looking to register another comprehensive victory on Saturday to extend that run even further and take a lead at the top of Group C1 as well.
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Although he was forced off with a bang in the closing stages midweek, Mathias Olesen should be fit to leave for Luxembourg on Saturday.
Should Olesen be available, few if any changes are expected from the hosts following their impressive performances on the first two matchdays so far.
Norwich City striker Daniel Sinaniwho spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan with Huddersfield Town, will be the man to watch once again alongside Rodrigues after the pair scored all three of their country’s goals of the campaign between them so far.
As for the visitors, Kuntz is likely to rotate his side again on Saturday after making six changes for Lithuania’s 6-0 hammering midweek.
Leicester City Caglar Soyuncuand Atalanta Merih Demiralare expected to return to the heart of the defense after being rested on Tuesday.
Zeki Celik, Cakir Ugurcan and Dorukhan Tokoz are among those who are also pushing for departures to Turkey.
Possible departure composition from Luxembourg:
Morris; Martins, Chanot, Carlson, Pinto; Barreiro, Pereira, Olesen; Sinani, Rodrigues, Sanches
Possible starting line-up for Turkey:
Cakir; Celik, Demiral, Soyuncu, Kadioglu; Tokoz, Calhanoglu; Under, Dervisoglu, Sinik; Dursun
We say: Luxembourg 0-2 Turkey
Despite having started their Nations League campaign so well so far, Luxembourg are unlikely to get a third positive result when they host Turkey on Saturday.
The improvement in quality over their recent opponents should prove too much for the hosts, and if Turkey can put on another full display they should be heading for a comfortable victory here.
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