Turkey take on Italy in the first game of Euro 2020 with the tie set to take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
To Win Match
Turkey are currently 50/1 to win Euro 2020. A few popular names that will be vital to their European Championship push are Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu and Ozan Kabak, who spent the end of last season on loan at Liverpool. Whether they will be able to stop the Italians is a topic that still needs to be unpacked.
Turkey’s best finish in a European tournament came in 2008 when losing in the semi-finals, while their best finish in all of international competition came at the 2002 World Cup when finishing third in the competition, which was held in Japan and South Korea.
With not many names that jump out at you, Turkey will need to show the team spirit and put together performances that replicate their teams of yesteryear.
The Azzuri are led by former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and come into this tournament with a team that could win it. Many football purists have labelled them as the dark horses.
The Italians have always been known for their rough-and-tumble tactics. An with so many uncompromising players in their squad, we could be in for more of the same.
Key to their chances will be the immeasurably experienced duo of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. The centre-half pairing have pairing boast a combined age of 70 and have 209 international caps between them.
Their midfield features Champions League-winning Jorginho and their attack boasts two front men that can take apart any defence in world football on their day, with Lazio’s Immobile and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne.
To complete the Italian squad, they have Gianluigi Donnaruma. The AC Milan shotstopper, who is reportedly nearing a move to Paris Saint-Germain, will not make it easy for anyone to score past him.
Prediction: Italy & Under 2.5 Goals (2/1)
Italy should really give favourite backers and football experts the start that they are expecting and come through to win this.