The Italians met the expectations in their opening match in Rome against Turkey when they were pretty convincing with their 0:3 victory.
From the begging, it was clear that the Italians had complete control, and it was quite surprising that they failed to be effective during the first part. However, after a setback made by the Turks in the 53rd when they scored their own goal, the path was open for Italy.
Immobile raised to 2:0 in the 66th, while the final result was set by Insigne in the 79th. Turks, even though quite potent before this opening clash, simply were not in a position to match a highly motivated Italians.
Italy currently holds the leading spot in the group shared with Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales, eager to continue where they left off last Friday.
Appearing for the second consecutive time in the European Championship, the Hungarians have already accomplished a feat that is difficult to reach.
They are in for quite a challenge at the beginning, as they will play their opening match against the Portuguese, a nation that they failed to beat in all of their previous attempts.
Despite being considered as serious underdogs, their recent form is promising, as they are enjoying an eleven matches positive run in all competitions, and having a home-field advantage in this will give them a push in the back against much favored Iberians.
The hosts will miss defender Hangya (10/0, Fehervar), important midfielder Szoboszlai (12/3, RB Leipzig), another midfielder Kalmar (27/2, DAC Streda), and forward Gyurcso (20/3, Osijek) compared to previous call-ups.
This will be the fourth consecutive EURO appearance for Poland, and sure enough, they are eager to start their campaign with a morale-boosting victory.
Their group is quite open, as they share it with Sweden, Spain, and Slovakia, as every nation has the potential of progressing further.
With an opening win here, the Polish will be on the right path of repeating their success from 2016 when they reached the quarter-finals, and being quite potent in every match they played so far in this year, gives them every reason to approach this clash with their heads up high.
Defender Bednarek (30/1, Southampton) is doubtful, while injured remains striker Milik (59/15, Marseille). Defender Reca (14/0, Crotone), midfielders Grosicki (83/17, WBA), Szymanski (11/1, Dynamo Moscow) and forward Piatek (18/8, Hertha) aren’t with the team.
The English have every reason to approach the opening match with positive thoughts, as they have the home soil advantage, and are currently enjoying six matches positive run in all competitions, so reasonably enough, the bookies are considering them as strong favorites.
An interesting fact is that England never won their opening match in the UEFA European Championship, but doing so here would certainly fire up a team atmosphere, and I definitely see them being aggressive against the visitors from Croatia.
They can’t count at defender Alexander-Arlold (13/1, Liverpool), Dier (45/3, Tottenham), midfielder Lingard (29/4, Man Utd) and forward Abraham (6/1, Chelsea) compared to previous call-ups. Defender Maguire (32/3, Man Utd) and offensive Saka (5/1, Arsenal) are doubtful for the moment.
The Belgians, in their qualification campaign, appeared in the almost perfect manner, as their performances were quite dominant, scoring as many as forty goals while conceding only three, so it is not surprising that they are considered favorites early in the tournament.
They are currently enjoying a nine matches unbeaten run, defeating the World Cup 2018 vice-champions Croatia last Sunday with a minimal result in Brussel, and are definitely eager to start their “quest for the European throne” in the best way possible.
They miss midfielder Januzaj (13/1, Sociedad) and forward Origi (29/3, Liverpool) for this competition. Midfielder Witsel (110/10, Dortmund) is not likely to perform at EURO, while highly doubtful is also offensive midfielder De Bruyne (80/21, Manchester City), with Eden Hazard (107/32, Real Madrid) also not being fully fit.
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.