While the Turkey vs Italy friendly is not coming at a great time for either team, we might still see an interesting match. So, here's our preview of this game, along with some free betting tips.
Our favourite predictions and betting picks for Turkey vs Italy
If you are unsure what is the best bet for Turkey vs Italy, check our top betting tips for this game right here:
Italy to Win
While both teams were eliminated in the semi-finals of the WC Qualifier playoffs, Turkey was always the outsider against Portugal, but Italy was shocked to their core by a loss to North Macedonia at home.
Despite this, or perhaps because of this, we expect Italy to come out strong in this game and to go for a win as some sort of redemption. At the very least, Italy is the better team and the last time these two teams met at Euro 2020, Italy won 3-0.
Under 2.5 Total Goals
Italians are known for playing low-scoring games mostly, while Turkey is a team that's playing offensive football and we often see many goals in their matches. So, this is a clash of two football styles.
And while this is also a friendly game which often makes teams less careful in defense, we expect this match to go under 2.5 total goals simply because both teams will be deflated after failing to qualify for World Cup 2022.
The best stats and top odds for Turkey vs Italy
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Team news, potential lineups, and recent form for Turkey vs Italy
This will be the first time these two teams meet since Euro 2020 and we expect an exciting duel. So, let's take a closer look at both teams now:
It was the 85th minute of the WC Qualifiers semi-final matchup between Portugal and Turkey and the guests had a penalty to equalize and potential take the game into overtime. However, Turkey's captain Burak Yilmaz missed the entire goal and a few minutes later, Portugal scored to eliminate Turkey for sure. Now it remains to be seen how Turkish players will react in their upcoming friendly against Italy.
Right after the game against Portugal, Yilmaz announced his retirement from the national team, so he will not be involved in the next game. Other than that, we will likely see some further changes to the starting lineup, but probably not that much.
Turkey predicted lineup:
Cakir – Kabak, Demiral, Soyuncu – Celik, Kokcu, Calhanoglu, Kutlu – Under, Unal, Dursun
The entire football world was rocked by the result in the Italy vs North Macedonia duel, but, of course, none more than the Italians. The late goal by Macedonians in the middle of Palermo cost Italy a spot in the World Cup and this will be the first time in this nation's history to miss two consecutive World Cups. So, the state of the team is clearly not good at this time.
With that in mind, it's hard to know what to expect when it comes to the starting lineup for the game against Turkey since we expect many changes and Verratti, Jorginho, Immobile, Insigne, Berardi and Mancini have all been released from the squad ahead of this match.
Italy predicted lineup:
Donnarumma – Florenzi, Chiellini, Bastoni, Emerson – Tonali, Pellegrini, Pessina – Pedro, Politano, Raspadori
Frequently asked questions for Turkey vs Italy
- Where will the match be held? The match will be held at Konya Metropolitan Municipality Stadium in Konya, Turkey.
- What is the kickoff time? The kickoff time is 7:45 pm BST on Tuesday, March 29th.
- Who do the bookies favour to win? The bookies favour Italy to win at 20/23 (1.87) odds.