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Turkey vs Georgia, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

Can Turkey Contain Kvaratskhelia's Georgia?

  • Turkey are unbeaten in their last five matches with three wins and two draws.
  • Georgia won three, lost one and drew one match in their last five international matches
  • Hakan Çalhanoğlu has scored 15 goals in 40 appearances in 2024

Turkey to Win (2-1)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

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Turkey seeks to rebuild its image after a string of disappointing results. Manager Vincenzo Montella remains winless in five games, and injuries to key defenders and attackers further complicate matters. However, Turkey maintains a historical advantage, having won three out of their last five meetings against Georgia. Additionally, the potential debut of several promising youngsters offers a glimmer of hope.

Georgia, on the other hand, is brimming with excitement. This is their first appearance in a major tournament, and the underdogs are determined to prove themselves on the big stage. Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia poses a significant threat with his dribbling and creativity, potentially causing havoc for the Turkish defense. While injuries plague Georgia as well, their fighting spirit and underdog status could make them a dangerous opponent.

Despite Turkey's slight edge on paper due to experience and historical dominance, this opening match promises to be a close encounter. The lack of defensive stability in the Turkish squad due to injuries adds a layer of intrigue. Expect a tight battle, with Turkey potentially emerging victorious by a narrow margin. 

Turkey Preview

Turkey's journey in Euro 2024 faces a significant challenge due to a string of injuries. Coach Vincenzo Montella has a tough task ahead: integrating experience with fresh talent while navigating a difficult group.

The backline has been particularly affected. Key defenders Caglar Soyuncu, Ozan Kabak, and Ridvan Yilmaz are all sidelined. This forces Montella to rebuild the defense, offering an opportunity for young Ajax prospect Ahmetcan Kaplan. He'll likely partner with the experienced Merih Demiral and Fenerbahce's Ferdi Kadioglu in this revamped defensive line.

The attacking side mirrors the situation. Goal threats Enes Unal, Cengiz Under, and Umut Nayir are all out injured. This opens the door for younger players to shine. Rising stars like Real Madrid's Arda Guler, Juventus' Kenan Yildiz, and Besiktas' Semih Kilicsoy could find themselves alongside veteran striker Cenk Tosun, thrust into the spotlight. 

Turkey Probable Starting Lineup: Mert Günok (Goalkeeper); Serdar Kurtuluş, Merih Demiral, Ahmetcan Kaplan, Ferdi Kadioglu, Dorukhan Toköz, Salih Özcan, Hakan Calhanoglu, İrfan Kahveci, Yunus Akgün, Cenk Tosun. 

Georgia Preview

Georgia's Euro 2024 campaign will be a test of balancing veteran experience with the exciting momentum of promising young strikers. Their talisman will be the quirky and skillful Napoli forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, nicknamed "Kvaradona." He'll be the guiding light for the team, creating opportunities and threatening the goal himself with his grace on the ball.

However, Georgia is not a one-man team. Giorgi Mamardashvili, the young prodigy from Valencia, will be a jewel in the crown, taking care of the goal. Up front, keep an eye on Metz's Georges Mikautadze. He possesses a similar style to Kvaratskhelia, with the ability to disrupt midfielders and create problems for defenses with his movement.

Injuries are a concern, with the status of experienced center-back Solomon Kvirkvelia and midfielder Otar Kiteishvili uncertain. Their absence would be significant. Nevertheless, Georgia is a well-drilled and determined team aiming to make a splash. Coach Willy Sagnol will likely leverage their underdog status and unleash their attacking potential.  

Georgia Probable Starting XI: Giorgi Mamardashvili (Goalkeeper); Guram Kashia, Davit Khocholava, Giorgi Chanturia, Zurab Davitadze, Valeri Qazaishvili, Giorgi Aburjania, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Levan Shengelia, Giorgi Chakvetadze, Georges Mikautadze

This promises to be a close encounter. Turkey's shaky defense will be a key concern, especially when facing the attacking threat posed by Kvaratskhelia. While Turkey might control possession, they could struggle to find the net in the first half.

The second half could see Turkey overcome this danger by scoring first. A free-kick from Calhanoglu or a clinical finish by Tosun are some potential ways for Turkey to break the deadlock. Alternatively, a late goal against Georgia's potentially suspect defense could secure a narrow 2-1 victory for Turkey. 

Turkey to Win (2-1)


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Author: Neev Chopra