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EC Qualification

  • October 7, 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 49532
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Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Turkey v Germany

Guus Hiddink's side need a positive result against the Group A leaders who themselves are looking to continue their 100 per cent record in qualification


PROBABLE LINEUPS

TURKEY

Demirel
Gonul, Cetin, Korkmaz, Baltan
Emre, Selcuk Inan
Hamit Altintop, Ekici, Arda Turan
Yilmaz
GERMANY

Neuer
Howedes, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Lahm
Khedira, Schweinsteiger

Muller, Ozil, Podolski
Gomez


Guus Hiddink is expected to make several changes from the team who could only muster a 0-0 draw versus Austria in qualifying last month. Gokhan Gonul, Selcuk Inan, Emre Belozoglu, Mehmet Ekici are all likely to return to the starting XI while Hamit Altintop could also feature after recovering from a hip injury.

Joachim Low has promised to name his strongest possible line-up as Germany look to continue their 100 per cent record in qualification for Euro 2012. Toni Kroos is suffering from a virus, so Sami Khedira is expected to return to the side, which will see a tactical switch from 4-1-4-1 to 4-2-3-1.

Mario Gomez missed last month's 6-2 qualifying win against Austria and is questionable for the Turkey match due to an adductor problem. Miroslav Klose, is tipped to start as the lone centre forward, although he is struggling with a knock to his knee. Both strikers, as well as Mesut Ozil (ankle) missed training on Wednesday and their availability for Friday's match is still not certain.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Turkey have played Germany on 19 occasions, winning three, drawing three and losing the remaining 13 fixtures.
  • Guus Hiddink's side currently sit in second place in Group A, 10 points behind Friday's opponents and two points clear of Belgium.
  • Hakan Balta, Omer Toprak, Mehmet Ekici, Hamit Altintop, Gokhan Tore and Tunay Torun were all born in Germany, yet all six could face their nation of birth when the sides meet.
  • Germany have already qualified for next summer's European Championships and are looking to become the first side in the nation's history to not drop a point in a qualification campaign.
  • When the two nations met in Berlin last October, Joachim Low's men ran out 3-0 winners courtesy of a brace from Miroslav Klose and a solitary strike from Mesut Ozil.
  • Only the Netherlands have scored more goals in Euro 2012 qualification, with Bert van Marwijk's team hitting the net on 34 occasions, six more than Germany.

Players to watch

M. Ekici

Position: Midfielder

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The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was signed by Werder Bremen in the summer to fill the void left by Mesut Ozil. Expect the German-born attacker to provide flair in a Turkish side who were lacking a creative spark when the two nations met last October.

M. Gómez

Position: Attacker

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Gomez has been in superb form so far this season, scoring 12 goals in 12 games for Bayern Munich and the forward will be hoping to bring his club form onto the international scene as Germany look to end a successful qualifying campaign on a high.

Editor's Prediction

A defeat for Turkey could see Belgium overtake them into second place with only one game to go so expect Guus Hiddink's men to dig deep. Germany may possess a more talented squad but not many nation's come away from Turkey with victory. A share of the spoils looks like the likeliest option.

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Germany

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