Euro Betting: Turkey vs Italy 11th June 20:00
Group Stage | Group A | First Fixture, Matchday 1 of 3
The opening game of Euro 2020 pits Turkey against one-time Euro winners and four-time World Cup winners, Italy.
In terms of their qualifying form coming into the competition, Turkey finished second in their qualifying group, pushing current World Champions, France, all the way and winning 7 of their 10 qualifiers.
Italy topped their qualifying group, winning every game with a maximum points haul, and conceding just 4 goals in their 10 qualifying fixtures.
Squads & Line-Ups
Turkey have already named their provisional 30-man squad for the competition, which will be reduced to the new 26-player squad allowance.
They look set to bring a young, vibrant squad that hopes to make its mark on the tournament in the same way than when they recently beat World Champions, France.
With players shining for some of Europe’s leading clubs, as well as a tough and talented rearguard in players like Caglar Soyuncu and Merih Demiral, Turkey are looking to be competitive and full of energy.
The Azzurri have yet to name a provisional Euro squad, but their squad for their pre-tournament friendly versus San Marino gives some good indicators. Chelsea’s Jorginho has not been named but is fully expected to be in the Euro squad following the upcoming Champions League Final.
Goalkeeper Donarumma and defensive stalwarts, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are fully expected to make the cut, as are Italy’s ever-dependable go-to midfielders and attackers such as Verratti, Immobile, Chiesa, Insigne and Moise Kean.
It’s been a while! The last meeting between the two sides was a friendly in 2002 that ended in a 1-1 draw in Italy.
The last Euro fixture between the two was back at Euro 2000, when former Italy manager, Antonio Conte scored an iconic overhead kick in a 2-1 win for the Italians.
Turkey have successfully qualified for four previous Euro finals, reaching the knockout stages on two occasions. However, this is marred by the fact they have lost every opening fixture. Naturally, they will hoping to change this pattern against Italy.
The Azzurri’s Euro pedigree reads differently. In addition to winning it in 1968, they have made the quarter finals in the last three Euro tournaments, were losing finalists in 2012 and 2000, and have lost an opening Euro fixture just once, against the Dutch in 2008.
Yet, as Euros history tells us, anything can happen in the opener!