Olimpico, Roma, Italy
Key Stat: Italy have won their last 7 games without conceding a goal.
Expert Verdict: Italy won both of their warm-up fixtures for this tournament, beating San Marino 7-0 and following up with a 4-0 win over Czech Republic in Bologna. Turkey beat Azerbaijan 2-1, drew 0-0 with Guinea and beat Moldova 2-0 last Thursday with goals from Burak Yilmaz and Cengiz Under.
The 16th European Championship gets underway on Friday evening as Turkey and Italy play the opening game in Rome. Italy won Euro 1968 with Turkey’s best performance coming in 2008 when they reached the semi-final stage in Austria and Switzerland. Read on as we preview this game. This Group A game takes place on June 11 and the live action at the Stadio Olimpico gets underway at 21:00 local time.
Defenders:Zeki Celik, Merih Demiral, Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras
Defensive Midfielders:Okay Yokuslu
Attacking Midfielders:Kenan Karaman, Izan Tufan, Yusuf Yazici, Hakan Calhanoglu
Defenders:Alessandro Florenzi, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola
Midfielders:Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli
Forwards:Domenico Berardi, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne
The teams have met eleven times before with Turkey yet to inflict a defeat on the Italians. Italy have won 8 times with 3 games ending in a draw. The last two meetings have been in friendly matches, in 2002 and 2006, with both games ending 1-1.
Italy are favourites and can be backed at 10/19 with 10Bet
Italy to win and keep a clean sheet has been set at 11/10 with Betway
Ciro Immobile is 1/1 to score at anytime with 10Bet
Turkey will make things difficult for Italy and look to slow down and delay the game at every opportunity. However, Italy come into this game in very strong form. We are backing Italy to win this game and keep another clean sheet.