Turkey will be seeking their third consecutive home win over Germany when the two teams meet in Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier.
Germany have already qualified for the finals following their 6-2 win over Austria last month that guaranteed them top spot in Group A leaving Turkey scrapping for second place along with Belgium.
While Germany have won 13 of their 19 meetings, two of the Turks three wins have come at home thus giving them something to boost their hopes.
However, Turkey coach Guus Hiddink believes that the Germans will be very hard to break down.
“I see very few weaknesses (in the Germany team),” said Hiddink.
“It will be a difficult match for us, but don’t underestimate our potential.
“We have created some synergy in our last few home games.”
Germany are chasing their ninth consecutive victory in their qualification campaign while Turkey are unbeaten from their last six games.
German Coach Joachim Loew has a potential headache with both key strikers Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose struggling to be fit.
Veteran Klose broke off training on Wednesday with a painful knee, while Gomez is struggling with a groin strain.
Should both fail to be fit, Loew would have just one available striker in Brazil-born Cacau to call on.
German playmaker Mesut Ozil – son of Turkish immigrants – also missed training on Wednesday because of a sore Achilles tendon and midfielder Toni Kroos is certainly out with ‘flu.
Turkey will qualify for the play-offs with a match to spare if they get a better result against Germany than Belgium manage against Kazakhstan, also on Friday.
Left-back Gokhan Gonul has said his team must take four points from their next two games – the final one is against Azerbaijan.
“We also understand the need to take four points in the two matches, which is a worse-case scenario for us,” he said.
“We know the power of Germany, they come with an unbeaten record in the group.
“Matches between two teams are prestigious and they are important games for us.
“We know it will be difficult, but not impossible.”