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The Turkey lineup that should start against Wales at Euro 2020

Tom Gott
Turkey are looking for their first win
Turkey are looking for their first win / BSR Agency/Getty Images
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Many fans' dark horses for Euro 2020, Turkey were well and truly humbled by Italy last time out and will go on the hunt for their first points of the tournament when they face Wales on Wednesday.

Senol Gunes' men are already bottom of Group A and could be in real trouble if they fail to win this one, so expect to see Turkey go all-out in pursuit of victory.

Here's how they should line up.


1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Ugurcan Cakır
Cakir impressed against Italy / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Ugurcan Cakir (GK) - Cakir pulled off some outstanding saves against Italy, and although he might have been at fault for one goal, his stock definitely rose from that game.

Zeki Celik (RB) - Having struggled to contain Leonardo Spinazzola and Lorenzo Insigne last time out, expect Celik to work twice as hard to bounce back.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) - Ozan Kabak is waiting in the wings, but Soyuncu deserves to keep his start here. He marshalled Turkey's defence well for the first half against Italy and was powerless to prevent the collapse after the break.

Merih Demiral (CB) - Helpless to prevent his own goal, Demiral was actually fairly impressive against Italy and will expect a better result from this one.

Umut Meras (LB) - This could be a good chance for young Ridvan Yilmaz, but Meras' experience might work out better.

2. Midfielders

Hakan Calhanoglu
Calhanoglu must improve / MIKE HEWITT/Getty Images

Okay Yokuslu (DM) - Yokuslu was excellent in the first half against Italy, but he couldn't keep up that tempo throughout. Here's another chance for him.

Cengiz Under (RM) - Kenan Karaman was ineffective against Italy, so it's time to give the exciting Under a chance to strut his stuff from the start this time.

Orkun Kokcu (CM) - Kokcu missed out against Italy, instead watching on as everyone ahead of him tired themselves out. He's fresh and desperate for a chance on such a big stage. It's time.

Yusuf Yazici (CM) - Turkey's negative style crippled Yazici against Italy. More of a second striker by trade, expect to see the Lille starlet shine in a more advanced role here.

Hakan Calhanoglu (LM) - Calhanoglu's poor work rate against Italy probably merits a spot on the bench, but in a game as important as this, the AC Milan man's creativity could be key.

3. Forward

Burak Yilmaz
Yilmaz will hope for more help / Alberto Lingria - Pool/Getty Images

Burak Yilmaz (ST) - Yilmaz struggled up by himself against Italy, but he'll expect to see more of the ball against Wales, and that could be the key to success.


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