After the shock 1-0 defeat to Iceland on Thursday, Netherlands travel to Turkey for a vital European Championships qualifier.

Netherlands v Turkey - EURO 2016 QualifierAutomatically qualifying for the Euro’s in France next year now looks out of reach for the Netherlands after the defeat midweek, but they are still in pole position for a third place finish and entry to the play-offs. A win over Turkey on Sunday would all but seal third, with Danny Blind’s side currently one point ahead of the Turks with three games left.

The coach will have to go into the game with Arjen Robben, who has returned to Munich after suffering a groin injury, while Bruno Martins Indi is suspended after his red card. Called into the squad are Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk and Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens.

Blind will need to decide who will replace Martins Indi and Robben in the starting line-up, although its likely we will see PSV defender Jeffrey Bruma and PSV winger Luciano Narsingh. The coach said in his press conference ahead of the match that Robin van Persie was not a candidate to replace Robben on the right.

Possible Netherlands line-up: Cillessen, van der Wiel, Blind, De Vrij, Bruma, Sneijder, Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Memphis, Narsingh, Huntelaar

Turkey could have overtaken Netherlands in Group A on Thursday but they conceded a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Latvia. Its been a disappointing campaign so far for coach Fatih Terim, but one of the highlights would have been holding Netherlands to a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam last March, while Turkey are unbeaten in their last five qualifiers.

Barcelona’s new signing Arda Turan missed the first tie against Netherlands, but he will be available on Sunday, despite not being able to play for his club until next year. Terim’s side are likely to stay unchanged from the draw against Latvia.

Possible Turkey line-up: Babacan, Tufan, Erkin, Balta, Aziz, Turan, Inan, Calhanoglu, Sen, Tore, Yilmaz

Previous Meetings: The 1-1 draw in March was the 11th meeting between the two nations. Netherlands have won five of those matches, while Turkey’s last victory against the Oranje came back in 1997.

Prediction: Blind has stated that Netherlands go to Turkey to win and will not play for a draw, but a point would be a good result for the Oranje. With confidence low in the Dutch squad, and Turkey one of the most difficult atmosphere’s to play in, Netherlands would be more than happy to come away from Konya¬†with a point, which would keep them third going into next month’s matches against Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.

Turkey 1-1 Netherlands




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