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Turkey vs Latvia: Predictions
Senol Günes’ side top the group after victories in their opening two games. Their impressive 4-2 victory over the Netherlands on the opening day was added to by an emphatic 3-0 victory against Erling Haaland and his Norway side. A double for Ozan Tufan and a goal for Leicester City’s Çağlar Söyüncü helped Turkey to pip Montenegro to the top spot on goal difference.
Latvia, on the other hand, have tasted defeat in their opening two games. Despite taking the lead in their opening game against Montenegro, Latvia fell short as Stevan Jovetic scored a brace to earn his side all three points. And in their game on Saturday, the Netherlands prevailed in a 2-0 victory in Amsterdam to mount the pressure on Latvia who sit fifth in the group.
Turkey have not qualified for any of the last four World Cup competitions with their last appearance on the international stage coming at Japan 2002 where Günes’ side incredibly finished in third place. With Günes back at the helm, Turkey seem to be back to their best and having made the perfect start to their qualification campaign they have a golden opportunity to take their tally to three points on Tuesday.
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Turkey vs Latvia: Match Stats
Burak Yilmaz, sensationally, scored a hat-trick in their opening game victory against the Netherlands to help Turkey get off to the perfect start. The 35-year-old did not score in their win over Norway on the weekend, however, the game on Tuesday offers the perfect opportunity for the Lille striker to get back on the scoresheet against a side who have conceded four goals in their opening two games.
Turkey have scored over 2.5 goals in each of their opening two games so far and they will be looking to continue that trend, however, on only one occasion have they scored more than one goal against Latvia in the history of the two sides clashes. Another win for Turkey would likely keep their three-point gap on the Netherlands who play minnows Gibraltar on Tuesday.
3 September 2015 – Turkey 1-1 Latvia – Euro Qualifiers
13 October 2014 – Latvia 1-1 Turkey – Euro Qualifiers
19 November 2003 – Turkey 2-2 Latvia – Euro Qualifiers
15 November 2003 – Latvia 1-0 Turkey – Euro Qualifiers
These two nations have only met five times in their history, however, both sides have only won one game each and Turkey’s only win came back in 1924. Since Latvia’s win in 2003 there have been three consecutive draws between the sides in their three meetings.