Turkey - Italy | Euro 2021 Betting Tips, Prediction & Odds
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Turkey vs Italy for Euro 2021. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
Turkey meets Italy in the opening game of the EURO 2021, so here’s the best betting pick along with the team news, stats, and betting trends, as the UEFA European Championship kicks off June 11, 2021.
- Turkey vs. Italy
- Group A – First Round
- Date – 11/6/2021
- Starting time – 20:00 CET
- Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Turkey Stats & Form
Turkey had an easy task in the qualification stage for the EURO 2021, finishing at the second spot of the Group H standings with 23 points out of ten games. The Crescent-Stars won seven games along with just one loss and a couple of draws while staying undefeated in two encounters with the reigning world champs France.
Senol Gunes’ team played some terrific defense during the qualifiers, conceding only three goals and scoring 18 in a return. Over their last three matches, the Crescent-Stars have recorded a couple of wins over Norway 3-0 and the Netherlands (4-2) along with a disappointing 3-3 home draw against Latvia.
The 29-year-old striker Cenk Tosun led the way for Turkey in the qualifiers with five goals. Unfortunately, Tosun suffered a knee injury in April and will miss the entire EURO 2021. The captain Burak Yilmaz (66 caps, 28 goals) will be a go-to-guy for Turkey upfront; Hakan Calhanoglu (55 caps, 13 goals) will orchestrate the play in the middle of the park, while Caglar Soyuncu is a key player at the back.
Italy Stats & Form
Italy cruised through the qualifying phase and topped Group J with ten wins out of ten matches. The Blues finished 12 points ahead of second-placed Finland, bagging a whopping 37 goals in the process and conceding just four in a return.
Roberto Mancini’s boys are undefeated in 25 games in a row which is an incredible run. During that span, the Blues have recorded 20 wins including three victories at the start of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers over Bulgaria, North Ireland, and Lithuania. Over its last ten outings, Italy has allowed just one goal.
When he took the helm in 2018, Italy head coach Roberto Mancini decided to get some young players into the first team and mix them with a few experienced guys. The 24-year-old Nicolo Barella (21 caps, 4 goals) and the 23-year-old Manuel Locatelli (9 caps, 1 goal) became key players in the Blues’ midfield, while the 23-year-old Federico Chiesa (24 caps, 1 goal) joined the 31-year-old Ciro Immobile (45 caps, 12 goals) upfront.
Turkey vs Italy Head-to-Head Stats
Turkey and Italy take on each other for the first time since 2016 when they played a 1-1 draw in a friendly. Back in 2000, these two teams met in the group phase of the European Championship, and the Blues outlasted the Crescent Stars 2-1. Italy is unbeaten in seven matches against Turkey, recording four wins and three stalemates in the process.
Turkey vs Italy Betting Odds
Italy hosts Turkey at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, so it’s no strange that the Blues are listed as 1.50 favorites on 22bet Sportsbook. The bookies don’t expect to see a bunch of goals in this one, so the odds on the Under 2.5 goals in total are set at 1.60 on Bet365 Sportsbook, while Both Teams to Score pays 2.25.
Turkey vs Italy Betting Tip:
Italy is a firm fave for a reason. The Blues are arguably a better team than Turkey, while the home advantage could be another big factor in the opening game of the EURO 2021. Turkey will certainly take a defensive approach and look for some chances through counter-attacks, while Italy will keep the ball in possession and patiently wait for the opportunities in the final third.
Betting on the Under 2.5 goals seems like the logical choice. The Blues’ defense has been terrific over the last two years, and the hosts will be satisfied with a narrow win, considering the importance of the opening clash. Take the under or go with Italy to win.