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Valērijs Šabala's penalty earned Latvia a 1-1 draw when they met Turkey for the first time in Group A, with Fatih Terim's side now two points adrift of the Netherlands and fourth in the section.

Turkey need another three points in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A as they welcome Latvia, with Fatih Terim's side two points adrift of the Netherlands and fourth in the section.

Previous meetings
• Valērijs Šabala's penalty earned Latvia a 1-1 draw when they met Turkey for the first time in Group A in October 2014.

• That was the countries' fifth encounter since they first met in 1924, when Turkey beat their hosts 3-1 in Riga. The sides' most recent head-to-head was a friendly in Duisburg, Germany, on 28 May 2013 in which Turkey let slip a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3; Šabala scored Latvia's second and third goals in that game, his first goals for his country.

• Their most famous meetings came in the UEFA EURO 2004 play-offs when Aleksandrs Starkovs's men won 1-0 at home and then came back from 2-0 down against Şenol Güneş's team to draw 2-2 in Istanbul and make it to the finals of a major tournament for the first time. Current Latvia coach Marians Pahars featured as a late substitute in the second leg.

Disciplinary
• Turkey midfielder Gökhan Töre is a yellow card away from a suspension.

• Latvia defender Kaspars Gorkšs and midfielder Artūrs Zjuzins are both a booking away from a suspension.

Form guide
• Turkey have rallied since losing their opening two Group A games, taking eight points from a possible 12 in their subsequent fixtures. However, they can ill afford to drop any more points as they chase a ticket to France.

• Turkey have lost two of their last three competitive home games.

• Latvia have yet to win in Group A, but have drawn three times – against the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan, as well as Turkey.

• Latvia have not won in nine competitive away games (D3 L6) since a 1-0 success in Georgia on 2 September 2011.

Trivia and links
• Turkish clubs are unbeaten in five UEFA competition encounters with Latvian counterparts (W3 D2).

• The two nations have won one each of their three meetings in UEFA age-group tournaments.

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