Turkey and Italy will meet on Friday in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico to kick off the Euro 2020 tournament. The Azzurri are 8/1 to win the Euro 2020 tournament and are a sleeper team to lift the trophy. Turkey go into the tournament at 66/1 to win the tournament. They are a long shot to lift the trophy and coach Senol Gunes will hope to cause a major shock by winning the Euros.

If Gunes wants Turkey to fight for the tournament trophy, they need to get off to a good start in the group stage. It won’t be easy to take all three points from Italy, however. Robert Mancini’s Azzurri team are ranked seventh in the world going into matchday 1 of the Euro 2020 group stage.

Italy are on a brilliant run of form with their last 13 matches all ending without a loss. The last eight matches played by Italy all ended in wins to nil.

Turkey are the No. 29 ranked team in the world ahead of their first match at the Euro 2020 tournament. The Turks are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions. Those wins did not come against any of Europe’s top sides, however. Italy will be a far more competent side for Turkey to play. Will the Azzurri continue their winning streak or will Turkey cause a first day shock in Rome?

Turkey vs Italy Betting Odds

 

Italy have never lost to Turkey in international football. The Azzurri have posted a record of 8W-3D-0L in all competitions dating back to 1962. The teams have not met since 2006, however. The last game between the teams was an international friendly that ended 1-1.

The Azzurri are on an eight-match winning streak with each game finishing in a win to nil. Mancini has returned the Italian team to the top of European football. They have the typical strong Italian defence and spine. Meanwhile, Mancini has a host of strong attackers including Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti who can score goals.

Sportsbooks have Italy at odds of 8/15 to win at full-time and claim the first three points of the Euro 2020 tournament. The Azzurri are coming off of two wins in their tournament preparation matches. They thrashed San Marino 7-0 and the Czech Republic 4-0. Don’t sleep on the Azzurri because this is a team that could win the Euro 2020 tournament.

Turkey are at odds of 15/2 to win against Italy on Friday night in Rome. The Turks are unbeaten in six straight games. They kept three clean sheets over the course of those six games. Gunes led Turkey to wins over the Netherlands and Norway during that six-game run. Turkey played three friendlies in the buildup to the Euro 2020 tournament with victories over Azerbaijan and Moldova and a nil-nil draw versus Guinea.

Turkey vs Italy Team News

Italy are darkhorses and certainly flying under the radar ahead of the Euro 2020 tournament. At 8/1 to win the competition, Italy could come through the tournament as champions. Mancini has rebuilt the side and has each player playing with confidence. The squad is stacked with talent but some football fans may not realise just how good they are due to all but three players competing for clubs in Serie A.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will anchor the defence. The AC Milan man is out of contract this summer and is likely to make a big-money move to another club. Winning the Euros could lead to him being the most well-paid goalie in the world. Donnarumma is just 22. Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci bring veteran experience to the defence. Age and a gruelling league season at Juventus could see them rotated at times in the group stage.

Turkey are captained by 2020-21 Ligue 1 winning forward Burak Yilmaz. The striker rejuvenated his career by leading Lille to the title and ending Paris Saint-Germain's reign in France. Lille midfielder Yusuf Yazici and Lille defender Zeki Celik are both likely to get a lot of playing time. The duo could break out this summer after excellent club seasons in France.

AC Milan midfielder Hakan Çalhano?lu will be the anchor of the Turkey midfield. He is a creative player that can strike a dead-ball with the best of them in European football. Çalhano?lu’s contract at AC Milan is up this summer and a good tournament could see him receive a lucrative contract elsewhere.

Turkey vs Italy Prediction

Italy to win to nil @ 23/20 - BET NOW

 

Italy are a darkhorse to win the tournament and go into the match on Friday following eight straight wins to nil in all competitions. The Azzurri are the strongest team in Group A and should go through it unbeaten. They will face off with Switzerland and Wales following the game versus Turkey. It is likely Turkey and Switzerland will fight for second place.

Ciro Immobile to score anytime @ 13/8 - BET NOW

 

Lazio striker Immobile is coming off of another strong season in Serie A. He scored 20 goals in 35 Serie A matches. Immobile has scored 150 career goals in 219 matches for Lazio since joining the club. The striker has played 46 times for the Azzurri scoring 13 goals. Immobile is in his prime and could have a breakout summer.

Under 2.5 goals scored @ 7/10 - BET NOW

 

Italy thrashed San Marino and the Czech Republic in pre-tournament friendlies. They are unlikely to thrash Turkey in the same way, but should keep a win to nil on Friday night to jumpstart the competition. Italy are on a brilliant run of form with eight straight matches ending in wins to nil. Nine of Italy’s last 13 matches ended with under 2.5 goals scored.

Italy should collect a win to start the tournament. Turkey will fight for second place in Group A as the Azzurri win the group and progress to the knockout stage. Keep your eye on the Azzurri, this is a team capable of winning the Euro 2020 tournament.