Italy vs Switzerland Preview prediction team news betting tips and odds
Italy will prepare themselves for the match with Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Wednesday night. Here are the preview, prediction, team news, and betting tips for the upcoming match.
Having impressed the watching continent in their opening win, Italy now takes on local rivals Switzerland on Wednesday, at Rome's historic Stadio Olimpico.
While the Azzurri effectively need only a point to progress, their less illustrious neighbors seek their first win of Euro 2020, following a frustrating draw with Group A counterparts Wales.
Date, kick-off time, and venue
Photo: Evening Standard
Italy vs. Switzerland is scheduled for an 8 pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The match will be held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.
Italy vs. Switzerland: Team news
Mancini will surely want to keep changes to a minimum after such an impressive opening display against Turkey.
However, Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alessandro Florenzi was replaced at half-time by Napoli's Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Friday and subsequently diagnosed with an inflammatory muscle injury to the right calf.
Key midfielder Marco Verratti returned to training on Sunday five weeks after suffering a knee injury at PSG, though it remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to play any part against Switzerland.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alex Meret, Salvatore Sirigu
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Emerson, Alessandro Florenzi, Leonardo Spinazzola, Rafael Toloi
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella, Bryan Cristante, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stefano Sensi, Marco Verratti
Forwards: Andrea Belotti, Domenico Berardi, Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Giacomo Raspadori
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Gregor Kobel, Yvon Mvogo
Defenders: Fabian Schar, Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Jordan Lotomba, Becir Omeragic, Silvan Widmer, Loris Benito, Kevin Mbabu, Eray Comert
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Remo Freuler, Edimilson Fernandes, Djibril Sow
Forwards: Haris Seferovic, Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Ruben Vargas, Christian Fassnacht
Italy vs. Switzerland: Match preview
Italy lived up to both their pre-tournament billing and a stirring opening ceremony on opening night, as Roberto Mancini's men swept past a much-fancied Turkey side on home soil.
Juventus defender Merih Demiral was inadvertently responsible for breaking the deadlock with their own goal last Friday before forwards Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne wrapped up a comprehensive 3-0 victory - Italy's ninth win in a row.
Each of those consecutive successes - several of which were against modest opposition - also saw them register a clean sheet. Against Switzerland, then, the four-time world champions will be looking to reach ten straight wins for only the second time in their long and glorious history – the first such streak having come during qualifying.
In fact, a measure of the mountainous Swiss task is that the Azzurri have not lost at all since September 2018 and have yet to concede a goal so far this year.
With that run representing La Nazionale's last nine matches, the veteran defensive pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have been anchoring their rearguard with characteristic authority. While Mancini has been lauded for introducing fresh blood to the setup, Chiellini is now 36, and his club colleague Bonucci is 34 - and together, they have accrued a combined 209 caps for the national side.
That bedrock has helped former Manchester City manager Mancini come out on top in more than two-thirds of his matches to date, as his new-look team has gone undefeated for 28 games and counting. During that time, Italy has married vast experience with youthful exuberance, making them contenders to end a half-century European Championship hurt at Wembley next month.
Italy vs. Switzerland: Prediction
Italy was a dominant force against Turkey and ran out comfortable winners. The performance of the midfield trio of Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, and Nicolo Barella was highly praised. It is unlikely that Roberto Mancini makes wholesale changes to the side that faced Turkey.
Switzerland, on the other hand, will be disappointed with its performance against Wales. Attacker Breel Embolo was in fine form in that game and was a constant thorn in the opposition defense, and he will once again look to have a considerable impact.
Italy has been impressive under Mancini, and they should be able to win here.
Prediction: Italy 2-1 Switzerland
Italy vs. Switzerland Head-to-Head
In 57 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Italy holds a clear advantage. They have won 28 games, lost seven, and drawn 22.
The two countries last faced each other way back in 2010, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. Striker Fabio Quagliarella canceled midfielder Gokhan Inler's goal for Switzerland for Italy.
Italy form guide at UEFA Euro 2020: W
Switzerland form guide at UEFA Euro 2020: D
Italy vs. Switzerland: Betting tips
Italy & BTTS
Italy has a great defensive record and was relatively untroubled by Turkey on matchday one, but three of their last four games against Switzerland have seen both teams score. Switzerland has scored in all of their last seven international matches, and both teams have scored in four of their last six outings, including the 1-1 draw with Wales. Italy has won each of their last six matches, and we're expecting them to extend that winning run on Wednesday.
Over 2.5 Goals
Each of Italy's last three matches has produced over 2.5 goals, and the Italians scored three goals against Turkey in their first group game, the first time they have scored more than two goals in any European Championship game. Five of Switzerland's last seven games have also produced over 2.5 goals, so you can see just why we're backing goals in Wednesday's clash.
2-1 to Italy
Italy might have won 3-0 last time out, but that is the first time they have scored more than two goals in a Euros game. Switzerland will offer more of a challenge than Turkey did as they looked good against Wales, despite failing to win that game. Switzerland is in good goalscoring form, and we believe they will score past Italy, but the hosts and favorites have netted at least two goals in each of their last six matches, and a 2-1 final scoreline could be on the cards.
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