England and Italy will meet in the last match of the quarterfinal round. The winner will advance to the semifinals to face Germany, who defeated Greece 4-2 in their quarterfinal meeting. Read on for our full match preview with the latest team news, probable lineups, form, odds, information on free bets and betting tips.
ENGLAND v ITALY: BETTING PREVIEWAfter a tight 1-1 draw with France England came from behind to win an exciting, crazy five-goal thriller against Sweden (3-2). Their last group match was against co-hosts Ukraine caused some anxious moments, which they won 1-0 thanks to a goal just after half time from Wayne Rooney, making his first appearance at the tournament due to suspension.
England are set to be unchanged from the side that beat Ukraine, meaning Wayne Rooney continues up front with Danny Welbeck, while impact subs Andy Carroll and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain on the bench.
Italy were unbeaten in qualifying and conceding just two goals. Italy began the tournment with an 1-1 draw against reigning champions Spain but could manage the same result against much less good Croatia. They went throw for a 2-0 victory over Ireland in their last match, but Antonio Cassano’s first-half goal was followed up by Mario Balotelli’s goal at the finish.
Centre-back Giorgio Chiellini is out with a calf strain so Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus is expected to deputise. Daniele De Rossi will continue in central midfield, rather than the centre of defence, thus facing his ‘idol’ Steven Gerrard directly. Mario Balotelli could start, going head-to-head with his Manchester City team-mates Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner.
England have only won one of their last nine meetings with Italy and have an overall record of W6 D7 L9 against them. Prandelli has yet to lose a competitive match while in charge of Italy, recording nine wins and four draws since taking over in 2010.
This game is quite hard to call, and it looks to invert the stereotypes of these two nations, expect Italy to have most of the ball and England to be the ones sitting back looking to counter attack when possible. The game will be close
ENGLAND v ITALY: PROBABLE LINEUPSItaly (3-5-2): Buffon, Balzaretti, De Rossi, Bonucci, Abate, Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Barzagli, Balotelli, Cassano
England (4-4-1-1): Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, A.Cole, Milner, Parker, Gerrard, Young, Rooney, Welbeck
ENGLAND v ITALY: TEAM FORMEngland
Jun 19, 2012 England 1 - Ukraine 0 EC
Jun 15, 2012 Sweden 2 - England 3 EC
Jun 11, 2012 France 1 - England 1 EC
Jun 2, 2012 England 1 - Belgium 0 FR
May 26, 2012 Norway 0 - England 1 FR
Jun 18, 2012 Italy 2 - Ireland 0 EC
Jun 14, 2012 Italy 1 - Croatia 1 EC
Jun 10, 2012 Spain 1 - Italy 1 EC
Jun 1, 2012 Italy 0 - Russia 3 FR
Feb 29, 2012 Italy 0 - United States 1 FR
ENGLAND v ITALY: BEST ODDS
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ENGLAND v ITALY: BETTING PREDICTIONSThe Draw @ 3.10
1:1 Correct Score @ 6.50
Both teams to score @ 2.25
2-3 Total Goals @ 2.10
ENGLAND v ITALY: BETTING PROMOTIONS
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