Preview: Turkey vs Italy – prediction, team news, line-ups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s international friendlies clash between Turkey and Italy, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Two teams hurt by World Cup playoff semi-final defeats will lock down in an international friendly on Tuesday night, as Turkey welcome Italy in Konya.

Turkey suffered a 3-1 loss to Portugal in the last four qualifying games last week, while Italy went down unbelievably 1-0 at home to North Macedonia, so the European champions will not be at the 2022 World Cup either.

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Turkey were lucky to tie the scores at 2-2 with Portugal in the closing stages of last week’s playoff semi-final, but Burak Yilmaz missed from the penalty spot, and the home side then scored a third in order to set up a final with North Macedonia.

The Crescent-Stars have appeared in three of the last four European Championships, reaching the semi-finals in 2008, but they have only made the final of two World Cups.

Indeed, their last World Cup outing was in 2002, when they finished third, and the national team will have to wait until at least 2026 for the chance to play the competition again.

Stefan KuntzThe team cannot afford to dwell on the disappointment, however, and will be determined to secure a positive result against Italy before their UEFA Nations League campaign begins on June 4.

Turkey have drawn 1-1 in their last two friendlies with Italy, but suffered a 3-0 loss to the reigning European champions when the pair met in the first leg. Euro 2020 groups.

Italian Giorgio Chiellini and his teammates look dejected after the match on March 24, 2022© Reuters

Italy were stunned by North Macedonia on Thursday night, with Alexander Trajkovskydowntime effort means that Roberto ManciniThe team will not be present at the 2022 World Cup.

The Blues have won the World Cup four times but have failed to impress in the competition since they last lifted the trophy in 2006, knocked out in the group stages in 2010 and 2014, before going on to win. fail to qualify in 2018 and now 2022.

Italy beat England on penalties to win Euro 2020, so their absence from this year’s World Cup is even more of a surprise, and it will take time for the national team to recover from this. disappointment.

Mancini’s side will also begin their UEFA Nations League campaign in early June, playing Germany in their opener, while they face Copa America holders Argentina in the 2002 Finalissima. June 1.

Italy will believe they should have faced Portugal on Tuesday for a World Cup berth, but it’s more of a friendly against Turkey, and it will be interesting to see what kind of response there will be from the champions. Europe wounded.

Form of Turkey’s international friendlies:

Turkey form (all competitions):

Form of Italy’s international friendlies:

Italy form (all competitions):

Team News

Marco Verratti in action for Italy on March 24, 2022© Reuters

Turkey captain Yilmaz has retired incredibly from international football after missing the late penalty against Portugal. The 36-year-old will therefore not be involved in this game.

As a result, there will likely be a place in the bottom third of the peloton for Serdar Dursunwhile Enes Unal should also be introduced in the starting XI of this game.

Head coach Kuntz is likely to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes, however, so the squad should be similar to the one that started against Portugal, with a back three including Caglar Soyuncu.

As for Italy, Marco Veratti, Jorginho, Ciro motionless, Lorenzo Insigne, Dominique Berardi and Gianluca Mancini were all released from the squad prior to this game.

Gianluca Scamacca, Andrea Belotti, Nicolas Zaniolo and Leonard Bonucci weren’t on the bench against North Macedonia, meanwhile, so it’s unclear if they will be involved.

The team will be quite different from the one that started the playoff semi-finals, with Lorenzo Pellegrini, Matteo Pessina, Sandro Tonali, Joe Pedro and Giorgio Chiellini all online to figure.

Possible starting line-up for Turkey:
Cakir; Kabak, Demiral, Soyuncu; Celik, Kokcu, Calhanoglu, Kutlu; Under, Unal, Dursun

Possible starting line-up for Italy:
Donnarumma; Florenzi, Chiellini, Bastoni, Emerson; Tonali, Pellegrini, Pessina; Pedro, Politano, Raspadori

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We say: Turkey 1-1 Italy

Both teams will be hurt because of what happened last week, and it’s hard to predict exactly what will happen in this game. Italy have released six players from their side, but the Blues still have plenty of quality in their squad, and we expect the two sides to play a draw on Tuesday night.


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