Turkey and Italy will headline the opening match of Euro 2020 on Friday at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with the two nations looking to make a great start in Group A.
Italy are one of the tournament favorites as they aim to lift the trophy for the second time, while Turkey will be hoping to do better than the last appearance in 2016 where they exited at the group stage.
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Turkey had an impressive qualifying campaign as they finished runners up to France, with just a loss from their 10 qualifiers. They beat the Frenchmen 2-0 in Istanbul and backed that up with an equally creditable 1-1 draw in Paris to underline their credentials.
The Crescent Stars terrific form extended to the world cup qualifiers as they kicked off the campaign in style with wins over the Netherlands and away at Norway.
That said, they haven’t had the best of starts in Euro tournaments losing their openers in each of the last four. They will be looking for a better start this time although that looks like a tall order.
Italy have been on rebuild mode since suffering the ignominy of missing out on the 2018 World Cup. Former Inter Milan and Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini has stepped up to the plate in this mission of restoring Italian pride at the international football table.
They won all 10 of their qualifiers, albeit in a pool that was relatively easy. Still, they made the most of the opportunity, banging plenty of goals while at it. Only Belgium topped their tally of 37 goals.
Mancini has selected a strong team for the Euros and he will be looking to send a statement of intent right from the get-go.
Both of these teams have been in good form and we could be treated to an exciting opener here. Italy have won eight on the trot coming into this tournament while Turkey are unbeaten in 6. Overall though, the Italians are primed to get the job done here. Mancini has instilled the winning mentality back into their psyche and they have been on a tear. While Turkey are likely to get out of Group A, we do not see them getting anything on Friday. We are backing Italy to pick up the win in a game that should see two or more goals scored @ 2.03 with Melbet Welcome Bonus.
Euro openers have often been cagey affairs and this one is likely to follow the same pattern. Turkey has lost their last 4 openers in this tournament, but the weird stat is that three of those were goalless at the break. This game is likely to be close in the first half but it should open up as time goes by. In light of this, we are picking most goals 2nd half @ 2.18 to close our Euro 2020 betting predictions for today.
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