Turkey vs. Netherlands Live Football Score 24 Mar 2021
The Netherlands begin their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign with a tricky trip to Turkey on Wednesday evening as Group G gets up and running.
Frank de Boer‘s men are favourites to finish top of the standings, while Turkey are second seeds and are much fancied to join their opponents in Qatar next year.
De Boer’s first couple of months in the job did not exactly get off to a flyer, with the Oranje losing a friendly against Mexico and drawing their next three games.
However, it must be factored in that they earned draws against Italy and Spain in that run, before then beating Bosnia-Herzegovina and Poland to end 2020 on a high.
The Dutch are therefore unbeaten in five matches and have this summer’s rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament to look forward to.
Finishing top of Group G in this next qualifying campaign will be the target for De Boer, but his side begin with what on paper is their toughest match of the whole campaign.
Turkey lost 2-0 to Hungary in their most recent outing, though that came on the back of a six-game unbeaten streak.
- Merih Demiral is injured, so Ozan Kabak will partner Caglar Soyuncu at the back.
- Leicester’s Cengiz Under is usually a regular for Turkey but is missing altogether because of injury leaving a space on the right wing.
- Efecan Karaca has also played out on the right for Turkey this season but, like Under, isn’t in the squad.
- Turkey will hope 2021 is more similar to their 2019 than 2020. In 2019 they won nine of 12 matches played and lost only once, whereas last year they only won one of eight with five draws.
- After a really tough start to life as Netherlands manager, Frank de Boer did at least manage to close out 2020 with back-to-back wins over Bosnia and Poland. Prior to that, he failed to win his first five games.
- This is the first meeting between the two sides since Turkey ran out 3-0 winners in 2015. While a repeat scoreline is unlikely, Turkey should sense an opportunity for a win given how underwhelming the Netherlands have been under De Boer.