Euro 2020 finally gets underway on Friday with Turkey facing Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and both sides are hoping to get off to a strong start in Group A of the tournament.
Roberto Mancini’s men are on 27-match unbeaten streak and come into the competition having won each of their last eight matches without conceding a goal, whilst Turkey are also unbeaten in 2021.
Turkey vs Italy Latest Odds
The Azzurri’s last defeat came back in September 2018 in the UEFA Nations League at the hands of Portugal and the four-time World Cup winners can be backed at 11/20 (1.55) with bet365 to pick up three points.
Turkey, for their part, are clear outsiders offered at 6/1 (7.00) with the draw available at 14/5 (3.80).
Turkey vs Italy Team News
The Italian squad is a blend of youth and experience, with 22-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma starting in goal behind veteran defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
In midfield, Sassuolo’s 23-year-old Manuel Locatelli looks set to start his first game at a major tournament, while Ciro Immobile will lead the line after another superb domestic season for Lazio.
Turkey are lead by veteran striker Burak Yilmaz, who helped fire Lille to an unlikely Ligue 1 title in France this season, and Trabzonspor’s Ugurcan Cakir is likely to start in goal despite lacking experience at this level.
Turkey vs Italy Preview
Senol Gunes had great success with the Turkish national team in 2002, taking them to the semi-finals of the World Cup, and there are hopes that the manager can work his magic again this year with another talented group.
Turkey have had plenty of joy in the final third over the last nine months, scoring at least twice in five of their last six competitive matches and notably putting four goals past the Netherlands and three past both Russia and Norway.
Italy will prove to be more challenging opponents and their extraordinary defensive record makes opposing a high-scoring game the natural bet, yet there could be some interest in backing both teams to score.
Turkey vs Italy Tips and Predictions
Investing goals at both ends appeals greatly at the price of 5/4 (2.25) which looks to offer plenty of value.
The Italians have netted in 23 of their last 24 matches and should relied upon to do so once more, while backing Turkey’s fine scoring form to continue makes plenty of sense.
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