Tip Turkey - Italy
The 2020 European Championship finals are here, after being postponed by a year and kicking it off will be Turkey taking on Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, in Group A. Turkey had a disappointing exit in 2016 after getting dumped out at the group stages and will be hoping for a better run this time. They warmed up for this tournament with friendly matches against Azerbaijan, Guinea and Moldova, and they won two, only drawing with Guinea. The results in the three matches extended their unbeaten run to six games as they head to the Italy clash. They have kept three clean sheets in their last six matches and should offer Italy some tough challenge, though the opponents they’ve faced lately can’t match what the Italians will offer. Apart from their 4-2 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup qualifiers in March, Turkey haven’t faced an opponent of Italy’s caliber in the last six matches. The fact that they will be playing this game in Italy may also not work for Turkey.
Italy are returning to a major competition after missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Theirs has been a somewhat silent rebuilding and Roberto Mancini has done a tremendous job so far. Italy remain outside favorites to win the Euro 2020 title and their form going to this game will leave really little doubt. They played two warm up games and did superbly well, scoring 11 goals and conceding none. The most crucial was their 4-0 win over Euro 2020 bound Czech Republic, a statement of intent and a reminder that they are back. In their last eight matches, Italy have won all, with clean sheets, and they have nine of those in 10. They went through the qualifiers unbeaten, collecting 30 points in the 10 matches played, scoring 37 goals and conceding four. In 32 matches under Mancini, Italy have suffered just two losses and kept 20 clean sheets. They have scored two goals or more in each of their last eight matches and go here unbeaten in their eight previous matches against Turkey.
Key points Turkey - Italy
Italy have scored two or more goals in their last eight matches.
Turkey are unbeaten in their last six matches.
Italy are unbeaten in their last 27 matches.
Turkey have three clean sheets in their last six matches.
Italy have won each of their last eight matches with clean sheets
Conclusion Turkey - Italy
Turkey have never beaten Italy, and it will be hard to say they’ll get their first win here. Italy are on a very strong run and have a perfect balance in defence and attack, having won each of their last eight, with clean sheets. They have scored two or more in that run and will be strong favorites here. While Turkey are also on a good run, they haven’t met opponents as strong as Italy and we feel they will struggle here. Back Italy for a winning start, and in their scoring form, over 2.5 goals looks good here.
Turkey Italy Prediction published on June 8, 2021