Euro 2020 has finally arrived, and with it our daily look ahead on what to watch, who can influence, and which Reds are in action.
Opening Day is one of the quieter in terms of match action, but of course there’s an anticipation and build-up of factors – as well as an interest in any vital last-minute activities of yours.
You know the genre: picking the top scorer for the course in a job sweepstakes, sorting out your fantasy team, that kind of thing.
Here we’ll take a look at what’s happened so far, the big talking points, what you need to keep an eye on every day so you’re all in the know heading into each round of matches – starting with tonight’s opener.
What was going on?
Before the tournament it’s all about injuries, unfortunately.
our area Trent Alexander Arnold He picked up an injury in a friendly match last week and unfortunately missed it, but he’s not the only one.
Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has tested positive for Covid, so he is left out, teammate Donny van de Beek has been injured and will also be ruled out – not to be substituted in the squad.
Spain saw Sergio Busquets tested positive and will miss the opening matches, but Diego Llorente has returned a negative and positive test – and another test on Friday will determine whether he can play the opening match.
Turkey vs Italy, 8pm, BBC One.
The whole Italian team and Roberto Mancini. They’ve been doing well lately and are one of the real candidates to have come a long way – but this is a big opening test.
Eight wins in a row now for the Azzurri – and 21 in the last 24. They must be feeling optimistic about their chances and a lot of the starting lineup is already known.
Can they now perform on the big stage?
The main battle to watch
Burak Yilmaz has been an independent man with Lille this season, while Leonardo Bonucci has been enjoying what could be described as an up and down season with Juventus.
The way the Italian central defender deals with the Turkish striker’s movement and predatory instincts will determine if there is turmoil on paper.
Fans talk about…
Trevor Sinclair, apparently. Radio mouthpiece some interesting Sometimes, we have to say, they don’t always have a lot of foundation behind them.
Today, his reasons in England XI include starting Raheem Sterling because he grew up near Wembley, and praise that he can remember when Phil Foden appeared on the scene, which as we all know many years ago…
Reds at work
Just our recently loaned center back, kabak weights! He’s not a specific starting player for Turkey unless they play three in defence.
Italy will win by a narrow margin, but Turkey will have to show enough to indicate that it will annoy others.