The Netherlands vs Turkey – Match preview and team news

The Netherlands resume their attempts to catch up on the top two in Euro 2016 qualifying Group A when they host a Turkey side that will be fearful of being cut adrift.

The current situation sees Guus Hiddink’s team six points behind the Czech Republic and three in arrears of Iceland, both of whom they lost to in their opening two games of this campaign. Turkey have four points from their four games and should they lose this, it would look a very tall order for them to reach the finals in France.

Hiddink is thankful to still be in his role at Dutch boss, having vowed to resign if they suffered defeat in their last game against Latvia in November. The players seemed to raise their game as a result and stormed to a 6-0 success, but it will take more to convince the doubters.

This may not be the strongest of Dutch sides, but they still have one of the world’s most dangerous players in Arjen Robben, whose pace still strikes fear into opposition defences. The visitors’ most important player is Arda Turan, who continues to impress for Atletico Madrid after helping them to the Spanish title last season.

Turkey have underachieved since their surprise run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 and have rarely looked like qualifying for a major tournament since, and a 3-0 defeat to Iceland in the opening round of Group A fixtures typifies their recent struggles.

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