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Turkey vs Italy prediction: Jorginho is key to linking up with Italian strikeforce

The stage is set at the Stadio Olimpico as Italy take on Turkey in the highly anticipated European Championships after it was delayed last year.

The Azzurri are the favourites for the tournament opener at 13/25 with Grosvenor Sport while Turkey are 7/1 and a draw is 14/5.

Roberto Mancini’s side will be full of confidence after the former Man City boss transformed the national side from a disgrace to a force to be reckoned with.

Jorginho in his usual midfield slot fits perfectly with Mancini’s style of play and how he will want the national side to play in tournament football.

Mancini’s 4-3-3 formation requires a regista to play in the middle of the park and Jorginho has been one of the most consistent figures since the former Leicester City midfielder took over back in May 2018. .

The Chelsea midfielder will be key to making sure the Italy dictate the play in midfield and the tempo of the matches in the group stages and beyond.

Tips

Italy to win and both teams to score – 17/5 Andrea Belotti to score anytime – 8/5

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Roberto Mancini has transformed Italy from an outright mess into a winning machine once again with a style of play that has helped the nation fall in love with the international game once again.

A 100% qualifying campaign solidified that with scoring an impressive 37 goals – the same as England and only behind Belgium who found the net 40 times – and conceding just four goals – the same as Ukraine and only beaten by Belgium again on three.

They are deemed the dark horses of the tournament, which suits Mancini completely who has an incredible 72% win ratio since taken over the Azzurri three years ago.

While no particular player stood out in terms of number of goals, a consistent goalscorer will be needed in the tournament format and I believe Andrea Belotti is just the man for the job and is 8/5 to score anytime.

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