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Turkey vs Italy: Euros opener preview

Euro 2020 was delayed by a year due to the pandemic, but Europe is now ready for a summer of football.

24 nations are going for glory with games spread all over the continent, and Italy are looking to win the Euros for a second time after lifting the trophy on home soil in 1968.

The Azzurri will be looking to get off to a good start against Turkey, who could be something of a surprise package in Group A.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Turkey vs Italy is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight – Friday, June 11, 2021.

The match will take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, hosting 25-45 per cent of the stadium capacity.

Where to watch Turkey vs Italy

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised on BBC One for free.

Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online for free via the BBC iPlayer.

Turkey vs Italy team news

Italy boss Roberto Mancini, who is already missing Marco Verratti, suffered another blow in the build-up to the game when Lorenzo Pellegrini was forced out with a muscle injury, and will be replaced by Gaetano Castrovilli.

Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır, Mert Günok, Uğurcan Çakır

Defenders: Zeki Çelik, Çağlar Söyüncü , Kaan Ayhan, Merih Demiral, Mert Müldür, Ozan Kabak, Rıdvan Yılmaz, Umut Meraş

Midfielders: Yusuf Yazıcı, Dorukhan Toköz, İrfan Can Kahveci, Okay Yokuşlu, Orkun Kökçü, Ozan Tufan, Taylan Antalyalı, Hakan Çalhanoğlu

Forwards: Burak Yılmaz, Cengiz Ünder, Enes Ünal, Abdülkadir Ömür, Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Halil İbrahim Dervişoğlu, Kenan Karaman

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alex Meret, Salvatore Sirigu

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Emerson, Alessandro Florenzi, Leonardo Spinazzola, Rafael Toloi

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella, Bryan Cristante, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stefano Sensi, Marco Verratti

Forwards: Andrea Belotti, Domenico Berardi, Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Giacomo Raspadori

Turkey vs Italy predicted lineups

Turkey: Cakir; Meras, Soyunco, Demiral, Celik; Yokuslu, Tufan; Karaman, Calhanoglu, Yazici; Yilmaz

Italy: Donnarmma; Florenzi, Chiellini, Bonucci, Spinnazola; Locatelli, Jorginho, Barella; Insigne, Immobile, Chiesa

Turkey vs Italy prediction

Consdering Italy have won four World Cups, calling them dark horses for any tournament it a stretch – but they are flying under the radar a little this summer, and should get off to a winning start.

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