Euro 2020: Turkey vs Italy Preview

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Although the nominal visitors in this game, Italy will actually host Turkey in the opening match of Euro 2020 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Check out our Turkey vs Italy Preview and enjoy the ride for the next month.

Turkey Recent Form & Team News

The long-awaited Euro 2020 tournament finally kicks-off with Turkey taking on Italy in a repeat of their first duel at Euro 2000. Turkey lost that game 2-1, but still advanced to the quarter finals, and will have dreams of doing even better this time around after grabbing at least three goals in their last three encounters vs. sides ranked inside FIFA’s top 20 (W1, D2).

It’s not going to be easy for Turkey in the opener, though, considering they are meeting a team they’ve never beat before (D3, L7), in Italy’s capital city of Rome on top of that. What’s even worse for the Turks, they’ve lost all four last opening Euro finals games they’ve played. Additionally, three of those four matches ended without goals at halftime.

Player to watch: Turkey’s second-highest all-time top scorer, Burak Yılmaz (29 goals), netted their first goal of Euro 2016, and their opener in the most recent match against Moldova.

Italy Recent Form & Team News

After failing to qualify for World Cup 2018, Italy are looking for redemption by climbing the European throne for the first time since 1968. They won that tournament at this very venue. However, that competition was so long ago that none of the countries they faced back then exist today, and one of their games was even won by a coin toss! As always, the Azzurri are one of the favorites for Euro 2020, mostly because of a phenomenal recent form (W22, D5). If they go through the group phase without a loss, this generation will equal a record set in 1939 (30 games unbeaten).

That record is very much achievable as Italy lost their opening Euro group stage game only once before (W3, D4, L1). Coming into this competition on an eight-game streak of clean sheets (W8), they’re also targeting an Italian record of 12 consecutive matches without allowing a goal that’s active since the 1970s.

Player to watch: Lazio’s striker Ciro Immobile knows this stadium exceptionally well. He scored in his last three Italy starts, and in four of his previous six games at the Stadio Olimpico.

Hot stat: Italy never lost a match when playing in Rome at a tournament finals (W8, D2).

We started the Euro 2020 action with our Turkey vs Italy Preview. Stay tuned for more previews and return briefly before the kick-off to get confirmed lineups and LIVE HD streaming link!

Turkey vs Italy Confirmed Lineups


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