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Italy vs Switzerland, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Rome, Olimpico in Rome




Impressive Italy aiming to continue winning start against solid Switzerland

  • Italy looked excellent as they brushed Turkey aside 3-0
  • They will now look to take complete control of Group A with a win here
  • Switzerland were held to a 1-1 draw with Wales in their first game

Italy to win 2-0

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Rome, Olimpico in Rome

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Europe watched on as Italy got off to the perfect start on the opening evening of the tournament, hosting a brilliant opening ceremony, followed by a good performance on the pitch to see off a weak Turkey side.

There will be tougher tests to come, especially if they hold plans to progress deep into the competition. However, they looked like a very well-drilled team, with two experienced defenders at the back and some talented strikers at the top of the pitch.

A win here would surely see them comfortable at the top of Group A, and would leave Switzerland with just a point and at least two points clear of either Wales or Turkey, depending on their result.

Switzerland were the better team against Wales in their opening game, and they will be disappointed not to have held onto their 1-0 lead.

A point is not the worst result in the world, but if they lose here and Wales beat Turkey, it could be a long way back to the top two.

Italy Preview

World Ranking: 7

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1968

Predicted Finish This Year: Quarter Finals

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Looked impressive all over the pitch against Turkey

     Star midfielder Marco Verratti could be fit to play a role here

Reasons to be fearful:

     Switzerland will pose a sterner test than Turkey

     Could be threatened by runs in behind

As brilliant as Italy were at times in the opening game, there was a suspicion that Roberto Mancini’s defence could be tested by running in behind them, as Burak Yilmaz did once or twice.

Turkey were unable to capitalise upon that, but better teams may well be able to as the tournament progresses. Leonardo Bonucci and Georgio Chiellini are fabulous defenders, but they do lack for pace now that both are in their 30s.

Their main strength is going forward. Both Immobile and Insigne looked good, and scored, against Turkey, with the midfield trio sitting behind them controlling the game nicely. They will look to continue that here.

Star Man – Ciro Immobile

Looked dangerous all game against Turkey and took his goal nicely in the second half. Will look to continue that here.

Switzerland Preview

World Ranking: 13

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Round of 16, 2016

Predicted Finish This Year: Round of 16

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Controlled the game well against Wales

     Looked dangerous on the break

Reasons to be fearful:

     Will not have as much possession against Italy

     Defeat here will leave them needing victory against Turkey

On the whole, Switzerland look strong against Wales in their opening game.

Wing backs Rodriguez and Mbabu were a constant thorn in the Welsh side, while the dynamic running of Embolo up front was refreshing to watch.

With three at the back, it gives them a little more protection against their opponents and are likely to do the same again here against the three frontmen of Italy.

If they have a downside, it’s in terms of scoring goals. Other than Embolo, no other player looked likely to get on the scoresheet and it’ll be up to the likes of Seferovic to improve his game.

It’s a tough ask, but they must try and leave this game with something.

Star Man – Breel Embolo 

The forward’s athletic, direct running caused all kinds of problems for the Wales defence. Can he do the same here?

     Italy will again dominate possession

     May need to be patient to break three-man defence down

     Swiss must play direct and stretch Italians

Italy will again have the home advantage in their second group game, with Switzerland having to travel 2000 miles from Baku, where they played Wales.

The Italians showed patience in breaking down Turkey, and they may need to do the same again here if the Swiss are tight at the back.

Switzerland will be desperate not to lose the game, leaving them with just a point after two games. Depending on the result of the Turkey vs. Wales game, they could be cast adrift if they are beaten.

Italy to win 2-0


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Author: Ross B.