Turkey and Italy will go head to head in the first game of the Euro 2020 in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Friday. The game is played one year later than it was supposed to be played because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected that about 16,000 fans will be attending the opening game.
The 16,000 fans will be available for all 51 games across 11 countries this summer. Italy manager Roberto Mancini have won their past eight games without conceding a goal and are unbeaten for the past four years. Regardless, Turkey is being tipped by many to cause a few surprises this summer.
Turkey and Italy Team News
Turkey has the likes of Burak Yilmaz, Yusuf Yazici and defender Zeki Celik all from French Ligue 1 top side Lille. The Euro 2020 s going to be the first major tournament game to be held in Italy since the 1990 World Cup. Turkey will be without Cenk Tosun, their top scorer in qualifying. Tosun suffered a knee injuring in April and has not recovered since then. Lille striker Yilmaz, 35, will lead the attack line in Tosun’s absence.
Italy is likely to stick to their winning team that beat the Czech Republic in their last international friendly last week. PSG star player Marco Verratti is yet to recover from his knee injury and so may not be featured. Lorenzo Pellegrini is also out as he was injured in training on Wednesday.
Domenico Berardi will be leading the attack. He has scored in each of his last four games. Juventus star player Federico Chiesa is another player to look out for.
Match Head to Head Facts
For the records, Turkey has never beaten Italy before. They have met on ten different occasions, with Italy beating them seven times.