Latvia vs Turkey by Isaiah
Latvia welcomed Iceland losing by 0-3 in a game where they played with ten men from 55th minute. Iceland scored all three goals in the last half hour and took a great victory that boosted them in the group league table. Latvia could not expect something more to this group as with one draw against Kazakhstan and one home defeat against Iceland, there is more difficult game in front of them.
Coach Marian Pahars tries to create a compact team but the absence of experienced players is making his work more harder. Keeper Aleksandrs Kolonko, defender Kaspars Gorkss, midfielder Aleksejs Visnakovs and midfielder Viktors morozs are the only players with many caps on the national team and compared to the competition Latvia have still many players under the required high level. The biggest problem for Latvia is the absence of a real leader or a top goal scorer, and surely their attack is the weakest link to their team.
Turkey scored first against Czech at home but they lost this game with the score of 1:2. Lot of significant absences for the Turks seems that influence their game while Czechs without too much stress managed to score two times and take a vital win. The situation now is very difficult for the Turks, who have two defeats in two games and tonight's game is a must win for them.
Coach Fatih Terim tested lot of lineups to the recent days, while it was one of the few times that the media in Turkey threw the responsibility to the players instead of the coach. Keeper Volkan, defender Toprak, midfielder Emre and striker Yilmaz are not available again. Possible lineup: Tolga - Gonul, Kaya, Gulum, Erkin - Topal, Tufan - Tore, Ozyakup, Turan - Bulut.
Latvia remains below Turkey in terms of quality and although at this time the team of Fatih Terim appears disconnected, the three points are a must for Turkey and i think they will get it.