England hosts Italy in a rematch of the Euro 2020 final, when the Italians lifted the trophy after a penalty shootout at Wembley and secured their place in history.
England: Ramsdale; James, Coady, Maguire, Trippier; Ward-Prowse, Rice; Bowen, Bellingham, Grealish; Abraham
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Locatelli, Barella; Politano, Scamacca, Raspadori
England vs Italy match preview
This UEFA Nations League match will not be decided by a penalty shootout, but there are three important points at stake in the group, and you can be sure we have plenty more excitement in store. Which team will prevail and get the win they need to boost their chances of winning this competition, while sending a message to their rivals in the year of the World Cup?
A contested 90 minutes are expected, and that’s backed up by the head-to-head stats. Interestingly, the last three meetings between England and Italy have ended in 1-1 draws. The two encounters before that both ended 2-1, thanks to second-half goals. There has not been more than one goal between the two teams since 1997, which is nine matches ago.
The pre-match betting odds available to both new and existing members of online sportsbook 22bet has an England win trading at 1.79. If you prefer the chances of Italy with last summer’s European champions returning to the scene of that glorious victory, Italy can be backed at 4.58. The draw may appeal to some football bettors, and a level finish is 3.62.
Besides the market for betting on the match winner, there are various specials and offers. Do you expect both teams to score a goal? You can bet on this result, and the winner of the match is not important for you as long as England and Italy hit the net at least once each.
The great thing about this bet is that you will be there from the kickoff to the final match, but you can also win before the end.
Other markets to look out for at 22bet are the correct result, the first goalscorer and the handicap.In the totals, you can also bet on the total number of goals scored in the match – either the exact number or over/under goals.
England vs Italy prediction
Who wants this more? A better question might be: Which team cares enough about the three points in the Nations League to field its strongest eleven and try to win the game? It is difficult to make predictions because we question the team lineup and the motivation of the players.
We also know that the weather in London will be very warm with the start of summer, and the rising temperatures will also play a role in how big the England and Italy field will be on Saturday night.
Even the spectators in the stands will struggle to create an atmosphere that will send energy levels soaring. All of this could mean that it will be a game of few goals and that the teams will not be too different from each other after the final whistle.
Our Pick: England to win
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