TURKEY v ITALY
Saturday morning, Olympic Stadium Rome
Italy can get off to the perfect start in Euro 2020 when they essentially host Turkey in the opening match of the tournament.
One of several host nations, Italy will take on Turkey in the Olympic Stadium in Rome and early money suggests that they will take all three points in the Group A fixture.
History does suggest the Azzurri will take the points as they have beaten Turkey in their past three fixtures by an aggregate score of 9-1, however, this Turkish outfit may be a bit more resolute than in the past.
TAB punters haven't been shy to whack something on the Turks at the juicy odds of $7. They only conceded three goals in qualifying and are built to have a strong defence, however, it's their forwards that will need to try and penetrate a historically tough Italian outfit.
Since taking charge, Roberto Mancini has the best winning strike rate of any Italian coach before him.
What's more impressive is the fact Italy have gone 27 games unbeaten heading into the tournament opener and with the match essentially a 'home' game for them, I am tipping them to take all three points.
It definitely won't be an easy one though but with a potent strike force that includes Ciro Immobile I think they will give the Turkish defence too much to handle. I do like Immobile to find the back of the net first too especially since he has established himself as one of Serie A's gun strikers, beating Ronaldo to the Golden Boot in 2019-20.
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TIP: Italy (Resut) @ $1.53
TIP: Ciro Immobile (First Goalscorer) @ $3.80