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Turkey vs Italy, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Rome, Olimpico in Rome




Euro 2020 finally starts with a bang as giants Italy take on ones-to-watch Turkey

  • Euro 2020 kicks off after a years delay
  • 24 teams from across Europe battle it out over the next month
  • Historic tournament sees games across 11 capital cities

Italy to win 1-0

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Rome, Olimpico in Rome

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And finally, after a year’s delay that no one wanted, but the world needed, Euro 2020 finally kicks off in earnest with Turkey facing Italy in the first group stage game of the tournament. 

Italy are one of the favourites to progress through to the knockout phase of the competition, and have one of the kinder list of opponents, with Wales and Switzerland also in their group. The top two will automatically qualify for the Round of 16, although four 3rd placed teams will also get through, depending on performance.

Italy, a former winner in this competition back in 1968, have gone through a revival in recent years and come to the tournament in good form. Very few people are backing them to win the competition, but they could spring one or two surprises along the way.

In similar fashion, Turkey have turned a few heads recently with a desire to play good, technical football and this should be an interesting battle, although Italy have the home advantage with this one being played in Rome.

Turkey Preview

World Ranking: 29

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Semi-Finals, 2008

Predicted Finish This Year: Round of 16

Reasons to be cheerful:

  • Strong in attack and defence
  • Yilmaz is one of the tournament’s in-form strikers

Reasons to be fearful:

  • Italy usually come good in tournaments
  • Were knocked out at the Group Stage last time around

Turkey are many people’s dark horses for this tournament, a team who could just go under the radar and surprise one or two along the way.

In Senol Gunes, they have a manager who took them to a third-place finish at the 2002 World Cup and, at the grand old age of 69, returned to coach the Turkish side once more two years ago.

There is a real quality to this squad, which happens to be the youngest on average at the tournament. Those familiar with European football will know of Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu in central defence, while forward Burak Yilmaz has just won the French league with Lille. 

The question will be, can they topple an organised Italian unit in Rome?

Star Man – Burak Yilmaz

The 35 year old is one of the oldest players at the tournament, but with 18 goals for Lille this season, he’s in red-hot form.

Italy Preview

World Ranking: 7

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1968

Predicted Finish This Year: Quarter-Finals

Reasons to be cheerful:

  • Won their last eight games without conceding a goal
  • Have never lost to Turkey in 10 meetings

Reasons to be fearful:

  • Typically a low-scoring side at the Euros
  • The opposite of Turkey – one of the oldest squads at the Euros

There is plenty to be excited about this Italy team this year, especially when you look at their stats in recent times.

They are unbeaten in their last 27 matches, the second-longest period in their history. Manager Roberto Mancini has the highest win rate of any manager in Italian history. They’ve gone over 13 hours without conceding a goal.

They make for great reading, but still this team are not thought of as one of the favourites for the tournament. Indeed, they haven’t won it for almost 65 years. In Chiellini and Bonucci, they have two of the best, not to mention most experienced, defenders at the tournament. If their strikers can hit the ground running, they could be in business.

Star Man – Ciro Immobile

Immobile and his strike partner Insigne have 44 goals between them this season, however are both over 30 years old. Can they combine to form a deadly force here?

  • A well-organised, tactical game of football
  • Few chances due to possession-based teams
  • Italy can squeeze ahead thanks to better firepower

Both Italy and Turkey have developed brilliantly of late, into very technically intelligent teams. On top of that, they don’t concede many goals at all and it’s clear that they’ve been well drilled by their coaches.

Either nation could go far into the tournament, but at the moment, Italy appear to be the stronger of the two and should be able to use that wealth of knowledge to get past the Turks here.

Italy to win 1-0


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Author: Ross B.