When Luxembourg and Turkey meet at the Stade de Luxembourg on Saturday evening, their perfect UEFA Nations League records will be put to the test.
Both teams have won their first two games in the 2022 competition, with neither allowing a goal. Betting Sites Luxembourg vs Turkey
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Luxembourg has had a fantastic, and perhaps surprising, start to their Nations League campaign thus far.
After coming within three points of promotion from Group C1 in 2020, Saturday’s hosts are off to a strong start in the same group two years later.
Luc Holtz’s side kept the pressure on group favorites Turkey with a hard-fought 1-0 victory in the Faroe Islands on Tuesday evening, following an excellent 2-0 triumph on the road in Lithuania on June 4.
Luxembourg deserved to win in midweek after playing better football and creating more chances in front of goal, but they were clearly helped along the way. Rene Shaki Joensen’s red card reduced their hosts to ten men midway through the second half, but Gerson Rodrigues of Luxembourg scored from the penalty spot just seven minutes later.
Solvi Vatnhamar then saw red 10 minutes from time, reducing the Faroe Islands to nine men in the final moments, allowing Luxembourg to cruise to a reasonably easy victory.
A considerably stiffer challenge awaits them on Saturday, when they face huge favourites Turkey, but Holtz’s men will relish the opportunity to play at home for the first time during the 2022 campaign, and will attempt to exploit it when they go to the field. In the meantime, while Luxembourg has achieved two outstanding results to open Group C1 with a perfect record, Turkey has done the same, but with a lot of pressure on their shoulders.
Turkey has been pushed aside for the time being after suffering relegation from Group B3 of the 2020 Nations League and disappointing their ‘dark horses’ tag at Euro 2020 by returning home early without a single point from Group A.
A sad loss to Portugal in the 2022 World Cup qualifying playoffs ended their hopes of traveling to Qatar at the end of the year, but Stefan Kuntz’s team has aimed to start a new chapter by regaining promotion to League B in the Nations League.
So far, the Faroe Islands and Lithuania have been defeated 4-0 and 6-0, respectively, indicating that Saturday’s guests have certainly lived up to the anticipation of being favorites for promotion. Kuntz will be keen to avoid any complacency entering into his side’s game this weekend and beyond, with the trip to Luxembourg, while not particularly challenging on paper, posing the possibility of a slip-up on matchday three.
This match has a history of unexpected victories, with Luxembourg triumphing on home grounds in a World Cup qualifier in 1972.
Turkey, on the other hand, has responded by winning the five matches that have followed, and they will be seeking to continue that run on Saturday, as well as build a clear lead in Group C1.
Despite having had such a strong start to their Nations League campaign, Luxembourg are unlikely to pick up a third win when they host Turkey on Saturday.
The quality difference between Turkey and their recent opponents should be too much for the hosts, and if they can put on another complete performance, they should cruise to a comfortable victory.