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Italy vs England, free match prediction 12 Jul 2021

12 Jul 2021 | 00:30 | Wembley, London, Wembley Stadium
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Showpiece final sees giants Italy and England battle it out for Europe’s biggest prize

  • Italy reached the final by beating Spain on penalties, winning all other games in normal time
  • England required extra time to see off Denmark in the Semi Final
  • Game to be played at Wembley, in London

England to win 2-1

  • Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020
  • Venue: Wembley, London, Wembley Stadium

ITALY vs ENGLAND Match Preview & Analysis

Italy and England have been the two best and most consistent nations at this summer’s European Championships and therefore it’s fitting that they face each other in a titanic clash to choose a winner.

Italy have won each of their six games at the tournament so far, but needed a penalty shootout to see off a resilient Spain in the Semis. They will have had an extra day of rest compared to their opponents, something which could be crucial after a long tournament.

The Italians have been champions once before, back in 1968, and this is their third final since (also in 2000 and 2012).

England have reached their first final of a major tournament since winning the World Cup back in 1966, causing millions of English fans to go wild with excitement. 

Against Denmark, they conceded their first goal of the competition, but rallied with a spirited comeback to claim their place in the final.

At Wembley, this should be a fantastic occasion.

Teams Preview

Italy Preview

World Ranking: 7

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1968

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have shown by ability and determination to reach final

     This is their 10th final at a major tournament

Reasons to be fearful:

     Will have to contend with huge England support at Wembley

     Defence hasn’t been as solid as during the group stage

From the very first day of the tournament, Italy have had the look of potential champions, changing many opinions about them coming into the championships.

They didn’t qualify for the World Cup in 2018, but their rejuvenation under manager Roberto Mancini has been mightily impressive. They haven’t lost a game of football since September 2018, a run of 33 games.

Until they conceded against Austria in the Round of 16, their defence hadn’t been breached in 11 games, although they’ve now conceded in each of their last three.

In Chiesa, Immobile and Insigne, they have three mobile and versatile forwards who can create chances both with the ball and on the counter. Chiellini and Bonucci have now played 16 and 17 games at the Euros respectively – an incredible achievement.

Do they have the character to cope with a Wembley Stadium cheering on their opponents?

Star Man – Federico Chiesa

The young winger has been exceptional since coming into the starting line-up in their third group game. Continues to score fantastic goals.

England Preview

World Ranking: 4

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Semi Finals, 1996

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Confidence is sky-high at reaching first major final in 55 years

     Have only conceded once in this tournament

Reasons to be fearful:

     Opponents have far greater experience at this stage

     Just one win from their last eight meetings with Italy

English fans have been presented with the opportunity they may have imagined would never happen again – to see England in the final at major tournament, played at Wembley no less.

60,000 fans will be at the stadium for the final, with the vast majority of those expected to be cheering on the home side.

Although they took their time to get going, England have won five of their six games conceding just one goal during that time. Despite going behind against Denmark, the spirit they showed to come back and win the game will count for plenty against the experience of the Italians.

With so many options going forward, England will hope that they can finally put their years of waiting to bed and claim the Euros trophy for the first time.

Star Man – Harry Kane

Captain. Goalscorer. Talisman. He has come alive in this tournament with four goals in his last three games. Can he lead his nation to victory here?

ITALY vs ENGLAND Winning Prediction

     Possession should be split evenly

     Fans will play a huge part

     Will be a tight match in front of goal

The final will be contested between two teams who have built their success on defensive stability and therefore a tight game should follow here at Wembley.

However, they both have plenty of quality going forward, Italy with technically gifted forwards and England with pace and power.

The team who scores the first goal will have a huge advantage, especially if it’s England with their huge support.

England are at home, with a great defensive record at the tournament, and the feeling is that this is finally their time.

England to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.