Turkey v Iran Preview – Carlos Queiroz begins preparations for World Cup 2018 while Lucescu looks to the future

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Turkey takes on Iran in an international friendly for the first time since 1974 next week on Sunday, May 28.

Iran are preparing for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia where they have been drawn alongside Morocco, Spain and Portugal in Group B.

Turkey boss Mircea Lucescu has picked an experimental side for the upcoming Friendly with the likes of Kenan Karaman, Okan Koçuk and Zeki Celik all set to make international debuts.

Arda Turan has been omitted from Lucescu’s squad following a turbulent 12 months while no player has been called up from Turkish Super Lig champions Galatasaray.

Iran boss Carlos Queiroz has already selected his 24-man squad which will travel to Russia which includes AZ striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Nottingham Forest’s Ashkan Dejagah and Rubin Kazan star Sardar Azmoun.

Queiroz’s side have won three of their four games in 2018 and have suffered just one defeat in 2017. The Portuguese tactician has a focus on defence with Iran conceding just twice in ten games during the third round stage of Asian qualifying.

With Lucescu set to field an experimental side, and Carlos Queiroz’s defensive approach we expect the clash between Turkey and Iran to be a low scoring encounter.