Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Nations League clash between Faroe Islands and Turkey, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Faroe Islands take over Turkey in Group I of UEFA Nations League on Sunday, with the visitors trying to match their undefeated record in the competition.
The hosts, meanwhile, have avoided relegation to Liga D so they can play with plenty of confidence.
Indeed, after being promoted from the bottom tier of the Nations League, the Faroe Islands did relatively well in their debut season in League C last time out.
After losing their opening two games to Turkey and Luxembourg, there would have been understandable concerns about an immediate return to Liga D, but a three-game unbeaten run has ensured that won’t be the case.
Former coach of Sweden U21 Hakan Ericson has guided Landslioio to four points from two games against Lithuania, who have been relegated at their expense, with a respectable 2-2 draw against a much-improved Luxembourg side in between.
Staying undefeated in a 1-1 draw in Lithuania on Thursday was enough to see them through relegation in the Faroe Islands and they will now be determined to stage a big upset against Turkey in Torshavn at the weekend to care.
For Turkey, ranked at No. 42 in the world, even taking part in the third tier of the Nations League must be seen as a somewhat embarrassing undertaking, but it’s not one they will have to endure in the next edition of the competition.
After winning each of their first four games, scoring 14 goals without a reaction, Turkey went into Thursday’s encounter with Luxembourg knowing that a draw would be enough to secure first place in Group I.
The Crescent Stars hit Luxembourg three times in a vibrant 3-3 draw in Istanbul Ismail Yuksekprovided the dramatic equalizer in the 87th minute Stephen KunzThe side of stayed five points ahead of their opponent with one game left.
As such, they can travel to the Faroe Islands relaxed after securing promotion to a level more appropriate to their talent and historical lineage, although they want to ensure their unbeaten record at least remains intact.
Faroe Islands Nations League Form:
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Form of the Turkish Nations League:
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The Faroe Islands will be without Hallo Hansson for the foreseeable future after the midfielder was withdrawn from KR Reykjavik last weekend with a serious knee injury that will likely see him sidelined until next summer.
Given the lack of meaning of Sunday’s game against Turkey, Patur Peterson and Andrass Johansen hope to eventually make their international debut after failing to come on as a substitute against Lithuania.
Turkey, meanwhile, can rotate significantly given the quick turnaround between games, especially after getting the job done against Luxembourg in the end.
Ozan Kabak will likely start in defence, having impressed for Hoffenheim so far this season, while Onar Bulut can earn his first cap for his country.
Faroe Islands possible starting line-up:
Nielsen; Sorensen, Askham, Vatnhamar, Davidsen; Bjartalio, Andreasen, Joensen, M Olsen; Edmundsson, K Olsen
Turkey possible starting line-up:
Bayindir; Bulut, Kabak, Soyuncu, Yilmaz; Under, Kahveci, Yuksek, Akturkoglu; Dursun, Akgun
We say: Faroe Islands – Turkey 0:2
With the Faroe Islands and Turkey guaranteed third and first in Group I regardless of Sunday’s result, it’s hard to imagine a thriller.
Even if they make some changes to their starting XI, the visitors should have more than enough quality to remain undefeated and win the game.
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