The Azzurri kicked-off their Euro 2020 campaign in a perfect fashion by beating Turkey 3-0. However, Switzerland travel to Rome on Wednesday in an attempt to spoil the party. Marco Verratti and Domenico Berardi are in doubt for Italy, but Roberto Mancini’s men seem more than capable even without the duo.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 16 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Italy vs. Switzerland: ITV
Last time: These two countries haven’t met in more than a decade. Their last encounter was a 1-1 draw in a friendly back in 2010. Gokhan Inler gave Switzerland an early lead, while Fabio Quagliarella scored the equalizer for the Azzurri.
Italy v Switzerland Predictions and Preview
The Azzurri cruised past Turkey by 3-0 in the Euro 2020 opener and extended their unbeaten run to 28 games. Roberto Mancini’s men seemed frustrated by the 0-0 at half-time, but demonstrated patience and maturity that eventually won them the game.
Italy attempted 24 shots and conceded only three, but none of Turkey’s attempts were on target. At the same time the Azzurri registered 61% possession of the ball and they will aim to do the same against Switzerland on Wednesday.
Marco Verratti remains a doubt, so Manuel Locatelli can once again step in his place, while Domenico Berardi picked up a knock and might be replaced by either Federico Chiesa or Federico Bernardeschi. Regardless of Mancini’s choices, Italy’s attack is still deadly as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne already opened their Euro 2020 accounts.
In defense, Juventus’ veterans Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are expected to start once again after their dominant display against Turkey.
The Italians will once again play on home soil, which remains a huge advantage, so Switzerland will face an uphill task.
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However, Euro 2020 is Vladimir Petkovic’s third major tournament with Switzerland so the former Lazio tactician is not a stranger to big games. The 57-year-old mentioned in a recent interview that he’s been studying Italy since March, so expect his side to be well prepared.
Petkovic’s confidence is backed up by some good form, as his side enter the tournament in a six-game winning streak. A 3-0 victory against Ukraine in the Nations League and a 2-1 triumph in a friendly against USA stand out, while Switzerland also held Spain to a 1-1 draw back in November.
Another positive sign for Switzerland is that they haven’t lost to Italy since 2003, registering three draws since then. Nevertheless, that’s were the good news for Petkovic end as some of his key players have struggled with injuries throughout the season.
Influential center-back Fabian Schar missed a big portion of the season at Newcastle due to injuries, so his physical condition remains a doubt. Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaquiri is another important player who struggled throughout the year, as the 29-year-old managed only five Premier League starts.
Things look better in midfield, where captain Granit Xhaka, who seems set to join Jose Mourinho at Roma, got plenty of playing time at Arsenal. Xhaka and Atalanta’s Remo Freuler form a solid midfield partnership, but facing against Italy’s midfield trio Barella, Jorginho and Verratti might be just too big a of a challenge for them.
Despite Switzerland are a very capable side, it’s hard to look beyond Italy for their clash on Wednesday, so you can back the Azzurri to win at 6/10. The draw is available at 14/5, while you can take a chance and place a bet for a Switzerland victory at 5/1.
One to watch for Italy: Ciro Immobile opened his Euro 2020 by scoring the second goal against Turkey. The Lazio forward is finally starting to deliver for the Azzurri which makes him a favorite to break the deadlock against Switzerland.
One to watch for Switzerland: Xherdan Shaqiri has been struggling with injuries throughout most of the season. However, the Liverpool man is capable of producing magic when fit, so he still remains Switzerland’s key man in attack.
Long shot: Italy absolutely dominated Turkey in the Euro 2020 opener and earned an impressive 3-0 victory. The Azzurri have won five of their last eight games by 2-0, so if you are looking for bigger odds you can place a bet for a repeat of that scenario at 11/2