Italy are set to play Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday in the group stage of the UEFA Euro 2020.
While the Azzurri effectively need only a point to progress, their less illustrious neighbours are seeking their first win of Euro 2020, following a frustrating draw with Group A counterparts Wales.
Italy come into this game on the back of a 3-0 win over Senol Gunes’ Turkey on Friday in their opening game of UEFA Euro 2020. An own goal from Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral and goals from Lazio striker Ciro Immobile and Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne sealed the deal for Roberto Mancini’s Italy.
Italy are unbeaten in their last 28 matches in all competitions. They have conceded seven goals during this run and are among the favourites to reach the latter stages of Euro 2020.
Switzerland, on the other hand, drew 1-1 against Rob Page’s Wales on Saturday in their first game of UEFA Euro 2020.
The Rossocrociati concede a lot of goals and have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 14 matches.
Italy vs Switzerland Predictions:
- Italy have won to nil in their last 9 matches (all competitions).
- Italy have won 22 of their last 25 matches (all competitions).
- Ciro Immobile has scored in four of his last five appearances for Italy.
- Switzerland have failed to win each of their last eight meetings with Italy.
- Switzerland have drawn each of their last four games at European Championships.
A win for Italy would seal qualification to the last 16. The Italians have won both of their opening two matches in just two of their nine previous appearances at European Championships, doing so in 2000 and 2016.
In 57 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Italy hold the 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. Midfielder Gokhan Inler’s goal for Switzerland was cancelled out by a goal from striker Fabio Quagliarella for Italy.
Italy are in top form and will be high on confidence after an impressive win against Turkey.
Switzerland, on the other hand, will be disappointed with their performance against Wales. Attacker Breel Embolo was in fine form in that game and was a constant thorn in the opposition defence, and he will once again look to have a considerable impact.
They haven’t beaten Italy since 1993 and while they have only lost half of their eight meetings since then, this Italy side looks like the real deal.
Italy have been impressive under Mancini, and they should be able to win here. They were one of two teams to qualify for Euro 2020 with a perfect record and it’s hard to see past them here.
Our prediction: Italy win @ 1.68