England and Italy will fight to grab the second qualifying spot from Group B in a winner-takes-all match, unless Sweden pull off an unlikely victory against Portugal in the other game. This article contains our ENGLAND U21 vs ITALY U21 betting preview with tips, free predictions, probable lineups, betting offers, best odds and no deposit bonuses.
ENGLAND U21 v ITALY U21 BETTING PREVIEW
Gareth Southgate's side bounced back from their opening 1-0 defeat to Portugal by edging past Sweden by the same score-line and now they have destiny in their own hands as a win would confirm their progression to the Semi-Finals. The Young Lions averaged more than three goals a game during qualification, but have only managed one goal in their opening two fixtures of the European Championships.
John Stones should return to the XI post-concussion, while Ings is pushing for a start and could be played in a support-striker role just off Harry Kane. Ruben Loftus-Cheek's cameo performance against Sweden was very good and Chelsea's midfielder is in contention with Chalobah for a starting berth. Alex Pritchard is injured and Lingard should fill in.
Italy have mustered a solitary point from their two group matches thus far. A 2-1 defeat to Sweden was followed up with a hard-fought goalless draw against leaders Portugal. They are now without a win in four matches.
In defense, Matteo Bianchetti will be benched once again with Alessio Romagnoli keeping his place in the back four. Up-front, Fiorentina's Bernardeschi is likely to replace Watford's Battocchio while Belotti and Berardi should retain their spot. Stefano Sturaro is still banned
The sides have met four times previously in the tournament finals and 12 times in total at U21 level. Italy have won five with England winning four and three matches ending all-square.
ENGLAND U21 v ITALY U21 PROBABLE LINEUPS
England U21 (4-4-2): Butland; Jenkinson, Stones, Gibson, Garbutt; Redmond, Carroll, Chalobah, Lingard; Ings, Kane
Italy U21 (4-3-3): Bardi; Biraghi, Rugani, Romagnoli, Zappacosta; Crisetig, Benassi, Cataldi; Bernardeschi, Belotti, Berardi
ENGLAND U21 v ITALY U21 BEST ODDS
|ENGLAND U21|| 9.00 with||Bet £10, win £90.00|
|THE DRAW|| 3.35 with||Bet £10, win £33.50|
|ITALY U21|| 3.00 with||Bet £10, win £30.00|
ENGLAND U21 v ITALY U21 PREDICTIONS
- Italy or Draw @ 1.57
- 0-1 Correct Score @ 8.50
- Under 2.5 goals @ 1.69
- Italy first team to score @ 2.20
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