After a five-year wait, we are ready to see the next outing of UEFA Euro with Italy hosting Turkey at Stadio Olimpico.
The Italians, being a fierce defensive side, will be eying up a clean sheet. As for the Turkish, all eyes will be on the prolific striker Burak Yılmaz.
Italy 2-0 Turkey
Italy 3-0 Turkey
Preview: Italy vs Turkey
With one of the most decorated squads in years, the four-time World Cup winners will be looking to go all guns blazing this summer.
The Italian fans will be chuffed to see their national side kicking off in a stadium where their last European championship came in 1968 against Yugo Slavia.
The Italians showed a meaningful display of football in the Euro qualifiers by winning ten games out of 10. With these impressive statistics, the Azzurri is favourites to top Group A and one of the teams that could clinch the Henri Delaunay trophy.
It was only after the appointment of Roberto Mancini that Italy started flourishing and got its might back. Mancini’s side is on an unbeaten eight-game streak, and they have scored over 70 goals while conceding only 14 under him.
They will continue the winning momentum against Turkey, whose will to win is almost equal to their opposition.
Though the expectations are not very high, the Turkish team will be led by an experienced manager Senol Gunes. He will be leading a disciplined Turkish side to cause an upset at Stadio Olimpico on Friday evening.
A fun fact – Turkey will be playing with the youngest squad in the tournament. Gunes will be managing his team like a father figure by maintaining a mix of experience and elegance that the prior Turkish sides had in the past.
Furthermore, many defenders have come through the ranks recently for the Turkish side, such as Merih Demiral, Çağlar Söyüncü, Ozan Kabak, and Kaan Ayhan. In midfield, they have Yokuslu and Cengiz Ünder after their impressive stats in domestic clubs.
Turkey will be looking at a formation of 4-1-4-1 against Italy with Burak Yılmaz as a sole striker upfront. Would you surprise the fans? We’ve got around 12 hours to learn.
Barring any late injury news, both teams will be looking to line up like this:
Italy: Çakır; Çelik, Demiral, Söyüncü, Meras; Yokuslu; Çalhanoğlu, Tufan, Ünder; Yazici; Yılmaz
Turkey: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
We have a cracking opening game at our behest today. Two well-organised teams will be going head-to-head against each other in a fierce encounter.
Our prediction: Italy 2-0 Turkey
Italy will be looking to break the deadlock with Immobile possessing a goal threat, and we’re guessing the second goal will break the Turkish team on the counter. Either way, we’re prepared to see a proper display of defensive football.
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