Two sides desperately requiring three points to help keep alive their dreams of qualifying for Euro 2016 go eyeball to eyeball when the Netherlands go to Turkey for his or her Group A clash on Sunday.
Both sides sit beyond the automatic qualification places entering this fixture, but be aware that a strong finish on the campaign might be enough for you them to France.
With three matches still to experience, Turkey are aware that they face an uphill battle to create the top two in Group A. They currently sit seven points behind the Czech Republic, and nine adrift of group leaders Iceland.
There was disappointment for Faith Terim's side last time out being a late equaliser from Valerijs Sabala secured a 1-1 draw for Latvia. It is the second amount of time in three outings that this side have abandoned the lead in injury time.
Turkey are unbeaten within their last five qualifiers though, having defeated Kazakhstan twice, shared another draw with Latvia and take care of level within the reverse fixture up against the Dutch side.
It could be the start for the campaign that's hurt Turkey's odds of reaching the finals in France next summer. Defeats to Iceland along with the Czech Republic have meant that and may chasing through the qualifiers, where you can difficult run-in, facing these sides above them into their final three fixtures.
Scoring goals is a huge bit of a problem throughout this campaign for Sunday's hosts. Only Burak Yilmaz finds the back of the web more than once, scoring three of these eight goals up to now. Only within the 3-1 wow Kazakhstan did they obtain the back of the internet more than once, and just one clean sheet within their seven outings.
Turkey did not qualify to the last European Championships, but were one from the strongest sides in 2008's tournament, eventually finishing third, six years following a third-place finish with the World Cup.
Recent form: LDWDWD
Danny Blind takes charge on the Netherlands just for the second time, previously being named as Guus Hiddink's successor in the summer. The former Australia, Russia and Turkey coach quit his post being a result in the team's poor start to your campaign.
It would have been a losing start for Blind though, to be a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty ensured that Iceland took a 1-0 win inside their match in Amsterdam, extending their lead at the superior of the group.
As an end result, the Dutch side now sit eight points behind Iceland, and six points adrift of second-placed Czech Republic. Although they could claim one from the two automatic qualifying places, the group will have to hope that at least one from the sides above them slips up of their remaining three fixtures.
It would have been a defeat on the Czech Republic inside opening match on the campaign that left the Netherlands trailing. Although wins over Latvia and Kazakhstan have kept them in contention, one side are yet to record back-to-back wins.
There is hope to the Dutch though, while they face the Czech team of their last match, so will have a chance to climb up to second if they'd like to get the gap into three points.
The Netherlands have not did not qualify for your European Championships since 1984. They returned for the following tournament to lift the trophy in 1988, and have absolutely reached the semi-finals 3 x since then.
Recent form: WLWDWL
The visitors is going to be missing Bruno Martins Indi, because he was sent off from the match against Iceland earlier this week within an incident the coach termed "unbelievably unprofessional", causing him being suspended due to this fixture.
His absence could see certainly one of three uncapped defenders inside squad handed their first time, including new Southampton signing Virgil van Dijk.
Turkey captain Arda Turan missed overturn fixture after amassing way too many bookings early inside the campaign, but he could be available because of this match, despite getting unable to experience for new club Barcelona.
Neither side have reported any new injuries following their first matches in the current international break.
Turkey possible starting lineup:
Babacan, Balta, Aziz, Calhanoglu, Inan, Turan, Tore, Tufan, Sen, Bulut, Yilmaz
Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Cillessen, Van der Wiel, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Blind, Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Sneijder, Depay, Robben, Huntelaar
Head To Head
When the perimeters met inside the reverse fixture inside Netherlands way back in March, the match finished level, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalising in stoppage time with the hosts.
That was the 11th meeting between your two teams, plus the sixth consecutively which has not seen Turkey secure a victory. Their last victory within the Dutch side came in 1997 in the World Cup qualifier.
The Netherlands have won five of these previous meetings and drawn four, with Turkey only beating them twice since their first meeting in 1958.
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