The Turks will have a difficult task in their opening match, but despite being severely underestimated by the bookies, they have the results to back them up, as currently, they are unbeaten this year in all competitions and look potent in the attack.
Probably their greatest victory this year was against the Netherlands 4:2 during the World Cup qualifiers back in March when they showed just how dangerous they can be, and I don’t see them holding back in their opener, as their offensive potential has to be taken seriously.
Left-back Erkin (59/2, Fenerbahce), midfielder Tekdemir (22/0, Basaksehir), and forward Tosun (45/18, Besiktas) are out of the team this time.
Failing to qualify for the World Cup in 2018, the Italians will certainly seek redemption in the upcoming EURO.
They have the home-field advantage as the match will be played in their capital, but besides that, their results speak for themselves, as Italy is currently enjoying eight consecutive victories, and completely justified, considered as one of the favorites for the European throne.
Midfielder Verratti (40/3) is doutbful for this one, while the Italians miss defender Birgahi (10/1, Fiorentina), midfielders Pellegrini (17/2, Roma), Sensi (8/3, Inter) and forwards Kean (9/2, PSG) and Politeano (4/3, Napoli) compared to previous call-ups.
Turkey vs Italy H2H
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No passivity at the begging
Being under a shadow of doubt for a very long-time, the stage is set for the highly anticipated EURO 2020 to finally occur. As mentioned, the Italians will have the advantage of the home soil, and currently performing in an almost perfect manner, their victory is quite reasonably expected at the opening of the tournament.
However, the Turks, are not deserving such an underestimated treatment, as they proved that they can be dangerous, and I am certain that they have the means to spice this one with a goal at least – having really little to lose if they stay passive.