This is our preview of the Turkey v Netherlands World Cup qualifier. The Dutch have, predictably, already booked their place at the Brazilian World Cup, but the Turkish national team still has all to play for, with a place in the play-offs still potentially open to them. Should the Turks lose the particular fixture, it seems likely that Hungary will qualify for the play-offs ahead of them, with the Hungarians facing whipping boys Andorra in their final group fixture, so it is of paramount importance for Turkey to avoid defeat here.

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Previous Meetings

World Cup Qualification 2014 – 7 Sep 2012 – Netherlands 2 Turkey 0
International Friendlies – 17 Nov 2010 – Netherlands 1 Turkey 0

Goals Scored

The Netherlands have scored 24 goals so far during the qualifying campaign, whereas Turkey have scored 14.

Goals Conceded

The Netherlands have conceded 4 goals so far during World Cup qualifying, while Turkey have conceded 7.

Team and Selection News

The Netherlands are privileged enough to possess arguably the best player in the Premier League and the best player from the Bundesliga from last season. Robin van Persie of Manchester United leads the Dutch forward line, while ammunition is provided by Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich. The Dutch also have an outstanding midfield, dominated by Sneijder and Strootman, but have a very inexperienced defence, with no member of their current squad having obtained 20 caps. Turkey’s squad is largely based in their own domestic league, but their star player is arguably Nuri Şahin of Borussia Dortmund.

Conclusion

Travelling to Istanbul can be an intimidating prospect for any team, and the Dutch will know that they have a tough game in prospect in what is an absolutely critical fixture for the Turks. It will help them that Wesley Sneijder currently plays in the Turkish league, and thus will be able to brief them on what to expect.. I can see this one ending up as a narrow win for the Netherlands.