Netherlands vs Turkey by Neuro

After failing to reach the Euro 2012 second stage in quite a tough group being drawn together with Portugal, Germany and Denmark, the national football association sacked the coach and installed Louis Van Gaal as his replacement. His debut was made back in August in a friendly game in Belgium, which they lost with a 4:2 result.

Netherlands started that game much better than it seems just having a look at the result, they received an early goal, but played much better since twentieth minute and were a better side in many phases of the game, overtaking the lead in 55th minute and leading 2:1. However, their defense was prone to making mistakes in that game and they managed to concede three goals in five minutes (from 75th till 80th minute), making a final 4:2 win for the Belgium side. New coach changed a lot of things in that game, started with new formation and somehow was expected that the team doesn't start playing fluently from the first game under his control.

However, this team is still very strong with more than quality individuals and for sure their target here is to reach the first position and qualify directly for the World Cup. With the Turkey being their biggest opponents in this group, they will surely try to attack them and win one of the most important matches in these qualifiers. Offensive part of the team looks good with Van Persie and Huntelaar showing great form at the beginning of the season, while the defensive line-up is the weakest part of the team - just as it was all these years.

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Turkey is coming into this game after a 0:2 loss to Austria few weeks back in a friendly game. What's more, the situation in their team isn't brilliant either as they had big expectations at Euro 2012 Qualifiers, but only reach the play-off game where they were eliminated from Croatia (0:3 aggregate score). This isn't the only failure of the national team as they were really close to get qualified for recent biggest events, but somehow always stayed out of it.

Guests will be without first choice goalkeeper Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce) who is for sure their most reliable goalkeeper and a big loss for the team. Meanwhile,  defender Egemen Korkmaz (Fenerbahce) is expected to be out for this game and the other defender, Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) is doubtful. Turks are also coming with a new national coach, full of optimism that he is the on (Abdullah Avci) who will bring the success at international level. These three very important players will surely make the coach trying to defend and going for a draw here. While knowing that he can only break the Dutch defense on the counters, as they are very unstable while defending counters.

Goals look very likely in this game, most likely more in the Turkish net. Holland should have a dominating role in this game and should score a few goals as their offensive players are already in a good form, while the Turks surely can break at least once the Dutch unstable defense on the counters. Home win looks also probable, but odds on over goals are more tasty at the moment.

Bet: Over 2.5 goals @1.75 with Bet365

 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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