When and where: The World Cup qualifier kicks-off from the Amsterdam Arena at 2.30 p.m. ET. A live stream will be available via ESPN3.
Louis van Gaal faces a difficult task attempting to turn around the fortunes of a Netherlands side that earned severe criticism for their showing at Euro 2012.
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Preview: After a disastrous Euro 2012, new Dutch coach Louis van Gaal looks to start the recovery as they begin their qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup with a tough home encounter with Turkey.
After losing all three games in Poland and Ukraine, the Netherlands dispensed with coach Bert van Marwijk and turned to Van Gaal to lead his country for the second time. Having failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in his previous spell in charge, the former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax boss is unlikely to be given much time to start getting things right on the pitch.
Losing his first game in charge, a 4-2 friendly defeat to local rivals Belgium was not the most auspicious start to his reign. But as well as results, the 61-year-old will also be judged on the type of football he serves up. After Van Marwijk was often criticized for playing negative football, Van Gall has been given a clear mission to return to the attractive, attacking Dutch style.
Van Gaal has attempted to make an impact by overhauling the squad from Euro 2012. Gone is former captain Mark van Bommel, while Gregory van der Wiel, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Ibrahim Afellay have all been left out due to being involved in transfers at the end of the transfer window.
Leroy Fer is likely to start in the midfield after a fine start to the season with FC Twente, while Ajax's 21-year-old Ricardo van Rhiyn is expected to begin at right-back. Van Gaal's most talked about selection so far has been up front. On Friday he is once again expected to opt for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar over new Manchester United signing Robin van Persie.
Van Gaal could not have asked for a much more difficult start than taking on Turkey. The two sides promise to be fighting for top spot in Group D, with Andorra, Estonia, Hungary and Romania making up the section. The match in Amsterdam could be crucial to determining who progresses automatically to Brazil.
Having failed to make Euro 2012 with a disappointing playoff defeat to Croatia, new Turkey boss Abdullah Avci will be desperate to avoid the same fate as his predecessor Guus Hiddink.
Arda Turan could well be the danger man for the away side after beginning the season in excellent form with Atletico Madrid, while new Liverpool loan signing Nuri Sahin will be a key component of the midfield.
D: Van Rhiyn, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems
M: Fer, Strootman, Sneijder
F: Narsingh, Huntelaar, Robben
D: Gonul, Toprak, Kaya, Kaldirim
M: Hamit, Mehmet Topal, N. Sahin
F: Sararer, Burak, Turan
Prediction: With so many changes from Euro 2012, the Netherlands are likely to struggle for fluidity in Amsterdam. But Turkey are also having some teething problems under their new coach and suffered a disappointing friendly defeat in Austria last month. Van Gaal's side should edge the contest to get a potentially vital three points.
Netherlands 2-1 Turkey
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