All eyes will be on the first match of the Euro 2021 tournament on June 11: the Group A match between Italy and Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome is the only available match of the day.
Italy are one of the favorites to lift the trophy on July 11 and are on a sensational undefeated streak of 27 matches in a row. The Italians are playing well and will have a chip on their shoulders after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Turkish team is talented in its own right, with players featured on some of the best teams in Europe. The Turks had a strong Euro qualifying campaign, in which they proved that they can be just as explosive and tight-fisted on defense as the Italians.
A crowd of 14,000 fans will provide the backdrop for the match and will include more than 2,000 Turkish fans.
Euro 2021 games today
Here’s the full schedule for Euro 2021 games today and tomorrow.
Friday June 11
|Turkey vs. Italy||3 pm ET||ESPN, Univision, TUDN||fuboTV, ESPN App, TUDN.tv|
Saturday June 12
|Wales vs Switzerland||9 am ET||ESPN||fuboTV, ESPN App, PrendeTV|
|Denmark vs. Finland||12 a. M. ET||ESPN||fuboTV, ESPN App, PrendeTV|
|Belgium vs. Russia||3 pm ET||ABC||fuboTV, ESPN App, ESPN3, PrendeTV|
The ABC and ESPN networks will provide coverage in English of the tournament with programs half an hour before the game. In addition to daily studio programming and simulcasts of the semi-finals and final, ESPN + will offer a multi-feed experience on a second screen for each game (aerial camera and two-team cameras).
Univision will handle the coverage in Spanish of the tournament through its free transmission platform PrendeTV (40 games) and the linear channels Univision and TUDN (11 games).
You can see all the coverage of ABC and ESPN at fuboTV (7-day free trial).
Euro 2021 Opening Ceremony
It wouldn’t be a great tournament without an opening ceremony.
The 15-minute pre-game celebration will feature dancers, percussionists, and of course world-famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. There will also be a performance of U2’s official Euro 2021 anthem “We Are The People”.
Italy vs. Turkey preview
Coach Roberto Mancini has Italy humming and did nothing to hide his expectation that Italy can advance to the final and put on a show along the way. The Azzurri were perfect during the qualifying phase for the Eurocup (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 be missing two key contributors to injuries, the Italians are always a threat in major competitions. And the fact that they are playing all three group stage matches on Italian soil should give them an advantage. Italy has only won the Euro once in the team’s history (1968), although the team has most recently advanced to the Euro Cup final in 2000 and 2012.
The history of the match favors Italy, which is unbeaten in 10 all-time matches against Turkey (7-0-3), but the countries have not met since a 2006 friendly. And you never know which Turkish side will appear. The Turks can draw Latvia (3-3 in March) or they can comfortably beat a world power like the Netherlands (4-2, also in March).
The Italians have a promising core of young talents led by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is reportedly preparing to sign a major contract with PSG in France. Turkey’s best players include striker Burak Yilmaz, who just won a league title with Lille in France alongside fellow Turkish midfielder Yusuf Yazici. Three of the players in the Turkish squad practice their trade in Serie A in Italy and will be familiar with the opposition.
Odds of Italy vs. Turkey, prediction
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Italy is the clear favorite in this one, but you will have to look for a lot of courage. At press time, Italy’s Asian Handicap -1.25 offers the best risk / reward at +128.
The Azzurri have shown that they are capable of scoring at will and keeping their back tight. But the opening match of any international tournament is rarely a goal festival, no matter how good the teams are.
Furthermore, the goal differential (goals scored minus goals allowed) is a tiebreaker in the final group standings. Therefore, Turkey will 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 to win: +750
- Both teams will score (Yes / No): +133 / -175
- Italy to score first and win: -165
- Italy to win both halves: +310
- Italy to win at least half: -375
- Italy to win in shutout: +116
- Italy -1 Asian Handicap: -110
- Italy -1.25 Asian Handicap: +128
- Italy over 2.5 goals: +275
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.