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Preview: Turkey vs. Northern Ireland

Sports Mole looks ahead to Friday's friendly between Turkey and Northern Ireland in Adana.

Michael O'Neill will take charge of Northern Ireland for the first time since signing a new two-year contract on Friday when his side take on Turkey in a friendly in Adana.

The 44-year-old was appointed the manager of the national team in 2011 before penning fresh terms with the Irish Football Association at the start of the month.

However, O'Neill has managed just one win during his two-year spell as Ireland boss.

Turkey come into the match having recently finished in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group.

Jamie Ward, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Michael O'Connor have all pulled out of the Ireland squad ahead of the match, while Ryan McGivern and James McPake have both been added.

Shane Ferguson did not travel with his teammates on Tuesday due to illness, but the midfielder is expected to be available for the match.

Recent form

Turkey: LDWWWL

Ireland: LWLLLD

Possible lineups

Turkey: Demirel; Gonul, Kaya, Toprak, Kaldirim; Adin, Topal, Inan, Turan; Bulut, Yilmaz

Ireland: Carroll; McGivern, Evans, Hughes, McPake; Davis, Baird, Ferguson, Steele; McKay, Paterson

Sports Mole says: 2-0


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Friday's key events


HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

BEACH VOLLEYBALL
· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

BOXING
· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

DIVING
· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

CYCLING
· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

FOOTBALL
· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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