EURO 2024

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EURO 2024 PREVIEW Sat: Netherlands v Turkey

A spot in the semi-finals of EURO 2024 is up for grabs on Saturday night when the Netherlands do battle with Turkey at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, writes JOE CITRONE.

It was a comfortable victory for the Netherlands in the round-of-16 as Ronald Koeman’s side saw off Romania 3-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo and a late brace from Donyell Malen.

That result left many wondering whether Koeman’s side, who could only muster a third-place finish in their group, could end up being one of the surprise packages in the knockout stages of EURO 2024.

They seem to be hitting form at just the right time after a slightly shaky start to the competition, and looked much more resolute at the back against Romania than they had in the group-stage; particularly the defeat to Denmark which saw them score two but concede three.

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Netherlands v Turkey
UEFA EURO 2024 Quarter-Final
20:00 ITV1 / STV / ITVX / STV Player

LAST FIVE STATS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
SEP 2021 FIFA WORLD CUP Netherlands 6-1 Turkey
MAR 2021 FIFA WORLD CUP Turkey 4-2 Netherlands
SEP 2015 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Turkey 3-0 Netherlands
OCT 2013 FIFA WORLD CUP Turkey 0-2 Netherlands
SEP 2012 FIFA WORLD CUP Netherlands 2-0 Turkey

NETHERLANDS
JUL 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Romania 0-3 Netherlands
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Netherlands 2-3 Austria
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Netherlands 0–0 France
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Poland 1-2 Netherlands
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Netherlands 4-0 IcelandS

TURKEY
JUL 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Austria 1-2 Turkey
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Czech Republic 1-2 Turkey
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Turkey 0-3 Portugal
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Turkey 3-1 Georgia
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Poland 2-1 Turkey

Turkey upset the odds by defeating ‘dark horses’ Austria 2-1 in the round-of-16, and will now be on the lookout for another upset in the quarter-finals.

It took less than 60 seconds for Turkey to snatch the lead in that last-16 clash with Austria, and once they had that lead, they never looked massively likely to relinquish it.

That said, it took an unbelievable save from Mert Gunok in the dying seconds to deny Christoph Baumgartner and protect Turkey’s spot in the last eight of the competition. Certainly one for the scrapbook for the veteran shot-stopper.

Can they continue their run of upsetting the odds and reach their first-ever semi-final at the finals of a European Championship? It will be fascinating to find out in Berlin on Saturday evening.

If they are to do it, they will have to do it without a key player in Merih Demiral who has been suspended for two games following a controversial hand gesture made by the defender in that victory over Austria.

THE VERDICT

Gakpo has been one of the shining lights for the Dutch side so far at EURO 2024 with his lightning pace and eye for goal and I think he’ll be a threat again on Saturday. At 2/1 with starsports.bet, I will be backing the Liverpool man to get over 1.5 shots on target.


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