The Euro 2020 will start tomorrow after 1-year delay due to Covid-19 restrictions. Italy will host Turkey for the first match. Italy lost the last World Cup but they are now confident going into the regional event. The Italian team won ten out of ten qualifiers in their group under the leadership of Roberto Mancini. Here’s our best guess on Turkey vs Italy football prediction and lineup.
Ahead of the Netherlands and Poland, Italy also topped their Nations League group with an undefeated record and has opened World Cup qualifying with three consecutive 2-0 victories.
Turkey lineup: Cakir, Celik, Demiral, Soyuncu, Meras, Yokuslu, Tufan, Calhanoglu, Yazici, Karaman, Yilmaz.
Burak Yilmaz and Zeki Celik have come off league-winning seasons with Lille, hence, Turkey should be quietly confident in its chances this summer. Serie A duo Hakan Calhanoglu and Merih Demiral have lots of talent.
Italy lineup: Donnarumma, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Bonucci, Florenzi, Locatelli, Jorginho, Barella, Insigne, Berardi, Immobile.
Marco Verratti is currently recovering from a knee injury that he suffered more than a month ago. He missed Italy’s warm-up and is certain to stay unfit to start Italy’s first match against Turkey on Friday.
Due to Verratti’s likely absence, Nicolo Barella and Manuel Locatelli are anticipated to start on either side of Chelsea’s Jorginho in central midfield.
While Federico Chiesa and Domenico Berardi are vying for the final spot in the front three alongside Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile is expected to start ahead of Andrea Belotti in Italy’s first game.
Turkey vs Italy Prediction
A lot of people are betting on Turkey to win this summer’s championship, on the other hand, Italy is also on the list of betting to make a deep run at Euro 2020. In the last 13 matches, Turkey has been undefeated in 12 matches.
Italy has not lost in their last 27 games, with their previous defeat coming in 2018. Even though they haven’t met many major powers in that time, it’s still a remarkable run.
Since this is the first game of Euro 2020, there will no doubt be a lot of jitters on both sides. While a draw is feasible, Italy will undoubtedly want to get off to a winning start and will have the better team to do so. Turkey’s defense, which included Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu and Liverpool’s Ozan Kabak, kept eight clean sheets through qualification.
Our Prediction: Turkey 1 – 2 Italy