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Turkey predicted lineup vs Netherlands

Mert Gunok

Having been hugely underwhelming dark horses at Euro 2020, Turkey are making amends in Germany this time around.

Turkey managed two victories in the group stage and followed them up with an impressive win over Austria in the last 16. A brace from centre-back Merih Demiral – one coming within the opening minute – and a terrific late stop from 35-year-old goalkeeper Mert Gunok saw them triumph 2-1 in Leipzig.

The reward for their progress is a quarter-final tie with the Netherlands this Saturday, with Turkey aiming to make the semis of a major tournament for only the third time. Their last journey to the final four came at Euro 2008, but they may even fancy their slim chances of reaching the final of Euro 2024 given the side of the draw they’re on.

Vincenzo Montella has several suspensions to contend with, as he had against Austria as well, but should be able to field a near full-strength team for this gargantuan clash.

Here is how Turkey could line up against the Dutch this weekend.

Mert Gunok

Mert Gunok’s late save proved crucial against Austria / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

GK: Mert Gunok – The veteran pulled out one of the saves of the tournament in the seventh minute of stoppage time to deny Austria’s Christoph Baumgartner. A Gordon Banks-esque stop at a pivotal moment guaranteed Turkey’s spot in the last eight.

RB: Mert Muldur – The Fenerbahce defender has to stifle one of Euro 2024’s most dynamic forwards this weekend as he prepares to face in-form Cody Gakpo. It’s paramount that he stops the Liverpool attacker cutting in on his right boot.

CB: Merih Demiral – Now plying his trade in the Saudi Pro League, Demiral bagged an unexpected brace against Austria. Given he didn’t start Turkey’s first two matches, he has made a pretty impressive late tournament surge.

CB: Abdulkerim Bardakci – One of the few players who can’t be suspended with a yellow card for the semis – only because he’s already served a ban against Czechia – Bardakci has been ferocious at Euro 2024 so far. Memphis Depay won’t be relishing this physical battle.

LB: Ferdi Kadioglu – The offensive-minded Fenerbahce full-back will have to do far more defending than attacking this Saturday, with Donyell Malen and Denzel Dumfries bombing down his flank. He can cause them problems going the other way, though.

CM: Kaan Ayhan – While a right-back by trade, Ayhan stepped into midfield against Austria and will have to do so again following suspensions to Orkun Kokcu and Ismail Yuksek.

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