All eyes will be on the opening of Euro 2021 on June 11: the Group A match between Italy and Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome is the only match in preparation for the day.
Italy are one of the favorites to lift the trophy on July 11 and they are on a sensational unbeaten streak of 27 straight games. The Italians are playing well and they will have a chip on their shoulders after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Turkish team are talented in their own right, with players among the best teams in Europe. The Turks have enjoyed a strong Euro qualifying campaign, in which they have proven they can be just as explosive and stingy defensively as the Italians.
A crowd of 14,000 fans will serve as the backdrop for the match and will include more than 2,000 Turkish supporters.
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Euro 2021 matches today
Here is the full schedule of Euro 2021 matches today and tomorrow.
Friday 11 June
|Turkey vs. Italy||3 p.m. ET||ESPN, Univision, TUDN||fuboTV, ESPN app, TUDN.tv|
saturday 12 june
|Wales v Switzerland||9:00 a.m.ET||ESPN||fuboTV, ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Denmark vs. Finland||12 p.m. ET||ESPN||fuboTV, ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Belgium v Russia||3 p.m. ET||ABC||fuboTV, ESPN app, ESPN3, PrendeTV|
The ABC and ESPN networks will provide English coverage of the tournament with half-hour pre-match broadcasts. In addition to daily studio programming and simultaneous broadcasts from the semi-finals and the final, ESPN + will offer a multi-stream second-screen experience for each match (aerial camera and two team cameras).
Univision will manage the Spanish language coverage of the tournament via its free streaming platform PrendeTV (40 games) and the linear channels Univision and TUDN (11 games).
You can watch all ABC and ESPN coverage on fuboTV (7 day free trial).
Euro 2021 opening ceremony
It wouldn’t be a major tournament without an opening ceremony.
The 15-minute pre-match celebration will feature dancers, percussionists and, of course, famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. There will also be a performance of the official Euro 2021 anthem “We Are The People” by U2.
Preview Italy vs Turkey
Manager Roberto Mancini is rocking Italy and has done nothing to hide his expectation that Italy can advance to the final and put on a show along the way. The Azzurri have been perfect in the Euro qualifiers (10-0-0) and they are perfect so far this year (5-0-0), having not allowed a single goal in 2021.
Although they will miss two key injury factors, the Italians are still a threat in major competitions. And the fact that they play all three group matches on Italian soil should give them an advantage. Italy have only won the Euro once in the team’s history (1968), although the team recently qualified for the Euro final in 2000 and 2012.
The story of the match favors Italy, who are unbeaten in 10 all-time games against Turkey (7-0-3), but the countries haven’t faced each other since a friendly in 2006. And you don’t know which Turkish side will ever show up. The Turks can tie Latvia (3-3 in March) or they can easily beat a world power like the Netherlands (4-2, also in March).
The Italians have a promising core of young talent led by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is reportedly set to sign a big contract with PSG in France. Top Turkish players include striker Burak Yilmaz, who just won a league title with Lille in France alongside compatriot and Turkish playmaker Yusuf Yazici. Three of the players of the Turkish team ply their trade in the Italian Serie A and know the opposition well.
Italy vs Turkey odds, prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Italy is clearly the favorite in this one, but you’ll have to dig deep to find value. At the time of publication, the Asian Handicap Italy -1.25 offers the best risk / reward ratio at +128.
The Azzurri have shown they can score at will and stay tight in the back. But the opening game of an international tournament is rarely a festival of goals, no matter how good the teams are.
In addition, the goal differential (goals scored minus authorized goals) is a tiebreaker in the final group standings. Turkey will therefore not be reckless in seeking to reverse a negative result even if the Turks concede a goal to Italy.
Prediction: Italy 2, Turkey 0
- Italy to win: -200
- Draw: +290
- Turkey will win: +750
- Both teams score (Yes / No): +133 / -175
- Italy scores first and wins: -165
- Italy wins both halves: +310
- Italy wins at least one half: -375
- Italy wins by shutout: +116
- Italy -1 Asian Handicap: -110
- Italy -1.25 Asian handicap: +128
- Italy on 2.5 goals: +275