Updated: 26 March 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Play-offs: Portugal vs Turkey – Squad, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream & Winning prediction. Portugal and Turkey are set to faceoff in the much anticipated high-intensity playoffs match at Portugal’s Estádio do Dragão stadium. It is a do-or-die match for both teams as the winner will advance to the next round of playoffs while the losing team’s hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will come to an end. However, a win only takes the teams to the next match upon winning which they shall qualify for the World Cup. Thus, a team must win both the matches of Playoffs to qualify for the prestigious Quadrennial tournament.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Playoffs: Portugal vs Turkey – Squads, Predicted Lineups, Timing, Venue & Winning prediction
Let us now take a look at the squads and predicted playing XIs of both the teams.
Portugal is undoubtedly a much stronger side than Turkey and they are the favorites to win the match against. Their captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the highest goalscorer ever in International football ever is their biggest strength and he must lead from the front to take Portugal to the next round. A lot depends on this match as if Portugal loses, Cristiano Ronaldo might not get a chance to feature in another World Cup.
Portugal’s Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo will be missing the match against Turkey. Dias is injured while Cancelo is suspended.
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Portugal Full squad: Anthony Lopes, Diogo Costa, Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, João Cancelo, Diogo Dalot, Gonçalo Inácio, José Fonte, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Raphael Guerreiro, Danilo Pereira, Matheus Nunes, William Carvalho, Rúben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, João Moutinho, Otávio Monteiro, Bernardo Silva, João Félix, André Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Gonçalo Guedes, Rafael Leão.
Portugal Starting XI: Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Goncalo Inacio, Raphael Guerreiro; Joao Moutinho, DaniloPereira, Bruno Fernandes; Bernado Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota.
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Turkey might have a much inferior squad as compared to Portugal but that does not mean that they will not give a stiff competition to Portugal. In fact, they have been in very good form lately and might be the Dark horses of the European World Cup Qualifiers Playoffs.
Inter star Hakan Calhanoglu is their best player and he will have to perform well if Turkey is to win against Portugal. Cengiz Under is another great talent on the Turkey side.
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Turkey Full Squad: Mert Gunok, Ugurcan Cakir, Altay Bayindir, Kaan Ayhan, Caglar Soyuncu, Merih Demiral, Zeki Celik, Umut Meras, Ozan Kabak, Ridvan Yilmaz, Mert Muldur, Abdülkadir Ömür, Cengiz Ünder, Hakan Calhanoglu, Okay Yokuslu, Caner Erkin, Yusuf Yazici, Irfan Kahveci, Dorukhan Tokoz, Orkun Kokcu, Taylan Antalyalı, Burak Yilmaz, Halil İbrahim Dervişoğlu, Kenan Karaman, Enes Unal, Kerem Aktürkoğlu.
Turkey Starting XI: Ugurcan Cakir; Zeki Celik, Cagliar Soyuncu, Merih Demiral, Caner Erkin; Cengiz Under, Hakan Calhanoglu, Taylan Antalyali, Kerem Akturoglu; Burak Yilmaz, Yusuf Yazici
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Playoffs: Portugal vs Turkey, Timing and Venue
The match between Portugal and Turkey will be played on Friday 25th March at 1:15 AM IST (8:45 PM CET) at the Estádio do Dragão stadium.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Playoffs: Portugal vs Turkey Live Stream
Portugal vs Turkey World Cup play-off will be live on Sky Sports Premier League.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Playoffs: Portugal vs Turkey Winning Prediction
Also, it will be a neck-to-neck fight, Portugal is the clear favorite to win the match. They might have had a bad record at the International stage lately and they might have lost to Serbia in Group stages but Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to pull his team into the next round pretty easily. The real challenge will be in the next round when the winner of this match will probably face Italy.
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We predict that Portugal will win the match against Turkey by a narrow margin of 2-1. Final result – Portugal – 3, Turkey – 1