Turkey vs Italy – long-overdue EURO 2020 kicks off on Friday, June 11, with a clash between Italy and Turkey, who will duke it out at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. It will mark only their second meeting since 2006 when they parted ways with a 1-1 draw. Are we in for another winner-less fixture, or has one nation grew enough over the 15 years to steal all three points?
Turkey vs Italy
Where: Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy
When: Friday, June 11 – 21:00 CEST
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 24°C
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
The EURO 2020 will kick off on Friday, June 11, with a match between Turkey and Italy. The game will take place on Italy’s turf, at Stadio Olimpico in the nation’s capital, with approximately 23,300 fans in the stands.
Playing at home will definitely give the hosts an advantage, which explains why the odds on Italy are so short, somewhere in the ballpark of 1.50. Still, Turkey are not to be overlooked with the quality players they have in the squad.
Turkey Look Like a Possible Dark Horse of the Tournament
A year ago, not many people believed Lille would steal the French Ligue 1 title from PSG, but they did it. A key man that helped Lille achieve that historic success is the Turkish forward Burak Yilmaz.
He scored 16 goals in the regular season for his club. He’s also been great in the national team, scoring four goals in the six games this term.
Apart from showing good form, Yilmaz will also be super motivated to do well at EURO 2020, which could likely be his last international tournament. The guy’s turning 36 this summer, so the time is ticking away for him. The same, however, isn’t the case with his teammates.
Yilmaz is the only outfield player in this national team who is over 30. The others aren’t teenagers, though. Instead, they’re all experienced players in their mid-twenties, e.g., Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City), Merih Demiral (Juventus), Hakan Chalkanoglu (AC Milan), and so on.
These guys definitely have the needed experience to play big games such as the one against Italy.
Italy Looking for Their Ninth Straight Win
Italy have all wins since October 2020, securing eight consecutive triumphs during that stretch. What’s even more impressive is that they haven’t conceded a single goal over that period while scoring 25 goals of their own.
On top of everything, the last time Italy lost a game was back in 2018. So, what is their secret? Roberto Mancini, who’s been their boss since 2018.
The man has turned Italy into a force to be reckoned with. That’s even more impressive considering the Azzurri don’t have the same superstars they had in the past.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any fantastic players on this roster. Actually, it’s just the opposite – Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Marco Verratti (PSG), and Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) are just some names you might recognize from major European leagues.
Turkey vs Italy Betting Picks
Turkey and Italy haven’t met many times over the last two decades. Their previous clash happened way back in 2006 when they parted ways with a 1-1 draw. A lot has changed since in both rosters – not a single player involved in that match is still on the team.
Now, 15 years later, Italy and Turkey will clash again, and it seems likely that a repeat result from 2006 is on the cards. Italy are favoured to win, which is fine, but Turkey are a tough nut to break.
Prediction: Turkey +1.00 AH – 1 Unit – 2.01 at Pinnacle
Prediction: Turkey +0.00 AH – 0.25 Units – 6.38 at Betfair
Prediction: Burak Yilmaz to score anytime – 0.25 Units – 4.50 at Bet365
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