Turkey vs Norway Preview 08/10/2021

With the 2022 World Cup edging ever closer, the European qualifiers continue this week and on the 8th of October we have a meeting between Turkey and Norway.

The match will take place at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul with the hosts in third place on 11 points and the visitors in second place on 13 points, so this is a crucial fixture for both teams.

A Millî Takımımızın Norveç ile 8 Ekim Cuma günü Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu’nda oynayacağı 2022 Dünya Kupası Avrupa Elemeleri G Grubu maçının öncelikli bilet satışı başladı. Biletlerin genel satışı ise 4 Ekim’de başlayacak. 👉 https://t.co/PFYHPw2bOC pic.twitter.com/WMTufRcb3B

— TFF (@TFF_Org) October 3, 2021

Turkey come into the match on the back of a hugely disappointing 6-1 defeat in the Netherlands last time out. Turkey fell behind in the first minute of the game and conceded two more goals before half time.

Central defender Çağlar Söyüncü was sent off in the 44th minute and Netherlands scored three additional goals in the second half before Turkey netted a consolation goal at the end of the game.

That result means Turkey have recorded just a single victory from their last 6 matches, including those in the European Championship.

It appears as though the 3 defeats suffered in the group stage of the European Championship have yet to be forgotten and Turkey were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Montenegro in their first World Cup qualifying game following the tournament.

However, Turkey have a good record of 7 undefeated games in their last 8 home World Cup qualifiers. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in their 8 most recent World Cup qualifying fixtures.

Norway make the trip to Istanbul having defeated Gibraltar 5-1 at home. Norway were always expected to win the game comfortably and found themselves 3-1 up at half-time.

Two goals without reply in the second half ensured an easy night at the office. That win came on the back of a 2-0 victory in Latvia and a 1-1 draw at home with Netherlands.

Norway will be pleased with the point at home against the Dutch but having taken the lead in the first half, they could not see it out to half-time and conceded in the 36 minute.

Trends show Norway have been tough to beat on the road in recent matches and they are undefeated in each of their last 9 in all competitions.

Norway have kept a clean sheet in all of their last 4 away World Cup qualifying games but the matches were all against lower ranked opposition.

Looking ahead to the team news and Turkey will be without suspended defender Çağlar Söyüncü. Orkun Kökçü and Ozan Kabak will also miss out due to suspension.

Norway have two players returning from suspension, with Alexander Sørloth and Kristian Thorstvedt both available. However, the absence of key striker Erling Haaland comes as a major blow to their chances of winning this game.

This is a massive match for both teams and we expect to see plenty of goals in an entertaining game. It is difficult to split the teams and we could see this one end level, with both teams scoring.

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