MONTENEGRO v TURKEY
A late fight-back from Montenegro was enough to secure a famous point against the Netherlands, although it was meaningless in terms of their attempt to qualify for Qatar 2022, as the ‘Brave Falcons’ were already out of the qualification running. While this is another game in which only pride is at stake for the hosts, they could still have a huge say in deciding who claims the top two places in World Cup Qualification (WCQ) Group G.Having disrupted the Netherlands’ momentum, Turkey are the next side whose World Cup dream Montenegro will be looking to derail. Having taken a point in Istanbul two months ago – again fighting back from two goals down – the home side will hope they have the measure of Turkey again in Podgorica, although a run of just one win in their last five home WCQ outings certainly isn’t a record that breeds confidence.
PROBABLE LINEUP MONTENEGRO
PROBABLE LINEUP TURKEY
Qualification for Qatar 2022 would avenge a 20-year absence from football’s showpiece event for Turkey and their task is simple: win here and they’ll secure at least a play-off spot, although a Norway victory against the Netherlands would instead see Turkey gain automatic qualification if they maintain their superior goal difference over the Nordic nation.While home comforts may have been nice for this gargantuan clash, on the road the ‘Crescent Stars’ have excelled, winning three of their four WCQ away games this term (L1). Concentration will be key to Turkey’s progression, who will understandably have one eye on what is going on in Rotterdam, as they’ll have to do better than in their three draws this WCQ campaign, all of which saw them spurn the lead – just as they did in the last two H2Hs.
Players to watch: Risto Radunović assisted Montenegro’s equaliser against the Netherlands on Saturday and also grabbed their last-gasp equaliser in the reverse H2H. Burak Yılmaz registered a hat-trick of assists in Turkey’s 6-0 demolition of Gibraltar, his first of the WCQ campaign.
Hot stat: Turkey have taken the lead in eight of their last ten WCQ matches
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