Preview: Turkey vs Czech Republic – prediction, team news, line-ups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s international friendlies clash between Turkey and Czech Republic, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Turkey and the Czech Republic will both be looking to end 2022 on a high note when they face off at Gaziantep Stadium in Saturday’s international friendly.

The Crescent-Stars opened the month with a 2-1 victory against Scotland on Wednesday night, while their visitors beat the Faroe Islands to five unanswered.

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The name Ozan Kabak hasn’t been heard from for a while by those invested in the Premier League, but the 22-year-old began to develop a penchant for goalscoring at Hoffenheim and continued that theme in the 2-1 Premier League win. Turkey v Scotland midweek.

The former Liverpool and Norwich City centre-back opened the scoring before half-time, and another former Premier League star in Cengiz Under doubled his side’s lead within four minutes of the restart before John McGinn made things interesting with half an hour to play.

However, McGinn’s strike would only prove a consolation as Stefan Kuntz won his fifth victory in nine games in charge of Turkey, who have recovered well from their failure to beat lowly Luxembourg and the Faroe Islands in their last two Nations League games.

The Crescent-Stars won’t be at Qatar 2022, but they’ve been heavily involved in the World Cup conversation nonetheless, with predictions already made about which team will be ‘Turkey at Euro 2020’ this winter and performance well below expectations.

The hosts’ path to Euro 2024 is far from straightforward as Kuntz’s side prepare to face Croatia, Wales, Latvia and Armenia in qualifying next year, but scoring more than two goals per game on average during Kuntz’s short tenure is a surefire recipe. for success.

Czech coach Jaroslav Silhavy reacts on June 27, 2021© Reuters

While Turkey suffered a shock 2-1 loss to the Faroe Islands in Nations League action just two months ago, the Czech Republic had no problem dispatching the 122nd-ranked nation in the world in their midweek friendly, claiming a 5-0 triumph.

A privileged moment for Mojmir Chytil saw the 23-year-old score a hat-trick on his national team debut – with his three efforts before the 23rd minute – before Vaclav Cerny put the icing on the cake and Patrizio Stronati added the icing on the cake.

Such a resounding success was the perfect way to Jaroslav Silvavyto respond to their recent Nations League relegation, although few predicted the Czechs would perform miracles against Switzerland, Portugal and Spain, as their spell in League A ended after just one year.

Failure to qualify for the World Cup means the Czech Republic have been without an appearance on the biggest stage since 2006, but they have made every edition of the Euros as an independent nation and will fight alongside Poland, Moldova, Albania and recent foes Faroe Islands in qualifying for the 2024 edition.

Victory over the Faroe Islands extended the visitors’ unbeaten streak in friendlies to a respectable five, but they have lost their last two games to Turkey 2-0 each time, more recently succumbing to superior Crescent-Stars at Euro 2016.

Form of Turkey’s international friendlies:

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Form of Czech Republic international friendlies:

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Team News

Patrik Schick of Bayer Leverkusen celebrates his fourth goal against Greuther Fuerth on December 4, 2021© Reuters

Turkey didn’t emerge unscathed from win over Scotland as winger Ferdi Kadioglu went off with an apparent back injury in the first half, which he first tried to get rid of before having to be substituted.

Eren Elmali should be preparing to replace the hosts’ left side this week, and Kuntz has also removed the Feyenoord starlet Orkun Kokcu at half-time on Wednesday, but the 21-year-old’s withdrawal would have been tactical.

With players set to benefit from a lengthy break during the impending World Cup, Kuntz shouldn’t shy away from presenting another strong line-up here, but Salih Ozcan and Kerem Akturkoglu are two useful options for rotation.

By contrast, the Czech Republic suffered no new injury problems in their win over the Faroe Islands, but the star striker Patrick Schick did not rejoin the team after failing to recover from injury in time.

Moreover, Schick’s teammate at Bayer Leverkusen Adam Hlozek was not allowed to leave his national duties to take part in the friendlies in November, while players representing Slavia Prague and Sparta Prague are still with their club teams due to the impending round of Czech Cup matches .

As such, a relatively inexperienced crop of internationals will take to the pitch at Gaziantep Stadium, but the recognizable partnership of Tomas Soucek and Alex Kral should be seen in the midfield.

Possible starting line-up for Turkey:
Cakir; Soyuncu, Kabak, Ozkacar; Celik, Calhanoglu, Kokcu, Elmali; Sub, Unal, Akturkoglu

Possible starting line-up from the Czech Republic:
Pavlenka; Coufal, Zima, Brabec, Zmrhal; Soucek, Kral; Cerny, Barak, Navratil; Chytil

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We say: Turkey 2-0 Czech Republic

Despite missing two of their strongest strikers, the Czech Republic still pride themselves on being international in midfield and defense, and Chytil’s confidence could hardly be higher after announcing himself to the national team with a triple.

However, a fully-fledged Turkish side with a taste for goals under Kuntz is quite a different story from the Faroe Islands, and we can only envision the Crescent-Stars ending the year with a win.

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