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Euro 2020: Turkey v Italy Match Preview & Best Odds

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The opening match of the European Championships gets underway on Friday evening when Italy and Turkey lock horns in Rome, therefore why not visit our Fixtures & results page and check out the latest Euro 2020 scores and results as they happen. Here you also have a chance to claim some mouthwatering free bet offers simply by registering with any of our featured bookmakers.



Turkey v Italy Match Preview & Best Odds

Live coverage on BBC at 8pm, Friday 11th June 2021


  • Italy won each of their ten qualifying games for Euro 2020
  • Turkey leaked just three goals in their qualifiers for the tournament
  • Turkey reached the semi-final of the 2002 World Cup
  • No side has won an opening match by two or more goals since Euro 1980


The European Championships are finally here, a whole twelve months after the competition was originally due to take place and the Stadio Olympico will host the opening game between Turkey and Italy on Friday evening. The Azzurri have improved noticeably since Roberto Mancini took over from Gian Piero Ventura four years ago and no Italian boss has had a better percentage of wins (70%) than the former Manchester City and Inter Milan gaffer. Italy have been the subject of big backing in recent weeks and it’s not too hard to see why given that their solid backline has been complemented by added energy and verve in the forward areas.

All of Italy’s group games are taking place in Rome and as such it is no surprise to see the Azzurri priced as short as 2/5 to finish at the top of Group A. Nevertheless there are no real whipping boys in this group and with some pretty strong defences on display, we’re not expecting any thrashings along the way.

Turkey enjoyed an excellent qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 and they have been a very popular underdog amongst punters, however the qualifiers were some time ago and it remains to be seen whether or not experienced manager Senol Gunes can continue the momentum here. The Turks were defensively excellent when advancing through their qualifying group with just three goals conceded along the way, therefore if they remain firm in Group A they will be a very tough nut to crack.

The bookies clearly aren’t expecting many goals in this opening match given that the goal line has been set low, however we do envisage Italy getting the better of their opponents and as such we’ll be backing them to edge their way to three points in a low-scoring encounter.

Our Tip: Back Italy to win and under 2.5 goals at 9/5 with Ladbrokes