Highly rated teenager Ozan Kabak could make his senior debut over the international break but is unlikely to be thrown in to a game of this magnitude.
Leicester ace Çaglar Soyuncu is certainly Turkey’s most in-form defender and the moment and will surely partner Merih Demiral at the back instead of Kaan Ayhan.
Having previously set up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, Turkey switched to a 4-3-3 system in both matches during the last international break. It remains to be seen which set-up the home side will opt for here.
Neither Cenk Tosun nor Burak Yilmaz are getting regular playing time for their clubs this season but it will be between one of those two to lead the line on Thursday. Tosun could also play on one of the wings, as he did during the last international break.
Irfan Can Kahveci and Okay Yokuşlu are in competition for a starting berth in central midfield, while Roma youngster Cengiz Under will have to settle for a place on the bench having only just returned from a long-term injury.
Jon Fjoluson or Kári Árnason will start at centre-back for Iceland alongside Ragnar Sigurdsson.
The absence of Burnley winger Johann Gudmundsson is a blow for the away side.
Look for 20-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder Arnór Sigurdsson to deputise for Gudmundsson.
Birkir Bjarnason doesn’t get game time for Aston Villa but is an important player for Iceland in midfield.
Kolbeinn Sigþorsson or Alfred Finnbogason will lead the line if Iceland go with a 4-4-1-1 system, though both could get the nod in attack if Iceland stick with the same 4-4-2 formation used in their last qualifier.
The ramifications of this match are huge in Group H. Turkey currently lead Group H due to their superior head-to-head record over France but they welcome third place Iceland on Thursday.
Iceland’s shock 4-2 defeat to Albania in September is looking extremely costly at the moment, as they trail the top two by four points with two games remaining.
Having taken four points off 2018 World Cup winners France in qualifying, Turkey should be confident heading into Thursday’s match but they have lost to Iceland already in this campaign – their only defeat in Group H.
As France play Moldova and Albania in their last two qualifiers, Turkey know they have to beat Iceland and then Andorra to secure top spot. Nevertheless, avoiding defeat on Thursday will be good enough to at least qualify for Euro 2020. Expect some nerves Istanbul.
Both teams to score @ 1.90 – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.53 – BET HERE