Sports Mole preview Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League clash between Turkey and Serbia, including team news and predicted lineups.
Two teams without a win in the 2020-21 season UEFA Nations League will lock as horns on Wednesday Turkey Welcome Serbia at the Turk Telekom Stadium for the clash of Group B3.
The hosts scored a point in a 1-1 draw against Russia last time, while Serbia suffered a 1-0 defeat against Hungary in the weekend round.
Turkey portrayed itself well in its friendship fight with Germany before the resumption of the League of Nations and finally got away with it holding its head after a thriller with six goals in this friendly match ended and the Crescent Stars joined their ranks with a wealth of talent this time.
Senol Gunes I would have hoped that this positive result against Germany would lead to victories in the Nations League games in October, but that was not the case for Turkey against Russia as both teams lost a point each weekend.
Indeed, Russia took the lead Anton Miranchuk and it took a 62nd minute equalization of Kenan Karaman to avoid a second defeat in three group matches for Turkey, which also lost to Hungary and has so far drawn against Serbia.
At the bottom of the table, however, Serbia are in equally bad form in the Nations League and Turkey can be four points ahead of their group stage opponents if they take all three points on home soil this week.
Indeed, Serbia were another team looking to build on an impressive result in the days leading up to the resumption of the League of Nations Ljubisa TumbakovicThe team beat Norway in extra time to reach a playoff final with Scotland for qualifying for the European Championship last week.
However, the Eagles have been beaten by the sword by Hungary on their own turf – a team 21 places below them in the FIFA world rankings Norbert Konyves The winner had to leave Serbia and was still looking for the first three points of the 2020-21 tournament.
Tumbakovic’s men were promoted to League B after a strong 2018/19 season, where they navigated group C4 without defeat. However, with just one point out of nine, Serbia could also prepare for an immediate return to the league should they fail to beat Turkey on Wednesday.
The duel during the week is only the second meeting between Turkey and Serbia. The opening game in the League of Nations round in September ends goalless.
Form of the Turkey Nations League: LDD
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Serbia Nations League Form: LDL
Serbia Form (all competitions): WDLDWL
Turkey has to do without a defender Ozan Kabak due to a suspension, meaning that Leicester City Caglar Soyuncu is almost guaranteed to get back into the crease in the central defense.
Gunes might ring the changes for this one, with many players in the Turkish squad vying for starts like: Cengiz Under, Okay Yokuslu and Yusuf Yazicialthough the latter would do well to downgrade Hakan Calhanoglu on the bank.
As for Serbia, Alexander Kolarov is available for this game after serving a suspension against Hungary and the veteran defender could take Stefan Mitrovic‘s place in a back three.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic After his heroics in the Euro 2020 playoff semi-finals, he had the night off against Russia, but the Lazio man should return to the starting line-up.
Fulhams Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is four goals away from Serbia’s top scorer, is also at the forefront of the attack Luka Jovic.
Turkey possible starting line-up:
Gunok; Celik, Soyuncu, Demiral, Meras; Yokuslu, Tufan; Under Calhanoglu, Karaman; Yilmaz
Serbia possible starting line-up:
Rajkovic; Pavlovic, Milenkovic, Kolarov; Gacinovic, Maksimovic, Milivojevic, Ristic; Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic; Mitrovic
We say: Turkey 2-1 Serbia
Neither of these two teams came to fame in the early stages of the Nations League, but Turkey and Serbia both have a number of high-profile players who have match-winning skills. Both teams know the importance of winning here and this should be an interesting fight – one that we expect Turkey will eventually prevail.
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