After an impressive performance in the opening match against Turkey, the Azzurri return in action against Switzerland for their second match of Group A. Looking for Italy vs Switzerland predictions? Don't miss our betting preview with betting tips, line-ups, team news, how to watch the match, best odds and bookie promotions!
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The match is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The second match of the Azzurri will also be played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, with a maximum allowed capacity of 25% (16,000 spectators).
Italy vs Switzerland will be televised on ITV for free, with kick-off at 8pm BST. UK football fans will be able to watch the match online for free via the ITV Hub.
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Italy vs Switzerland Betting PreviewAs we predicted, Italy beat Turkey in style in the European Championship curtain-raiser. After a first half characterized by the tension of the debut, the Azzurri looked brilliant throughout the second half, putting in intensity and a relentless pressing. The 3-0 with which Roberto Mancini's team defeated the Turks brought the Azzurri's unbeaten streak to 28 match. The streak of matches without conceding a goal is also impressive: the defense is among the most solid of the Euros. The Azzurri have not lost at all since September 2018 and have yet to concede a goal so far this year.
Switzerland enter this clash on the back of a 1-1 draw against Wales in their opening match. A match started well for the Swiss who deservedly took the lead in the second half thanks to the excellent Embolo's goal. From the goal onwards, however, Vladimir Petkovic's men holed up in their own area, conceded the draw and risked to concede the second goal too. Mario Gavranovic also scored the possible 2-1 for Switzerland, but the goal was disallowed for offside. La Nati have some good individuality, but overall they can't compete in terms of technical rate and organization to the Azzurri. As to direct encounters, Switzerland have drawn their last 3 matches against Italy in all competitions but the last of those was back in 2010.
Probable Line-UpsITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne.
Mancini will not be able to count on Florenzi, who suffered a muscular injury at the end of the first half against Turkey. Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who has performed well as a substitute, will start as right back. The two centre backs Lonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will retain their berth, as well as the excellent Spinazzola on the left. In midfield Marco Verratti is recovering his condition but could still maker room to Manuel Locatelli - alongside Jorginho and Nicolò Barella. Up front, Domenico Berardi is not 100% fit and could be replaced by Federico Chiesa. The front trio will be complete by Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile.
SWITZERLAND (3-4-2-1): Sommer; Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Freuler, Xhaka, Rodriguez; Embolo, Zakaria; Gavranovic.
Vladimir Petkovic looks set to confirm nine of the eleven players that started the game against Wales. The only two changes could concern the first striker (Mario Gavranovic is likely to start wit Haris Seferovic making way) and Xherdan Shaqiri. The Liverpool winger could be replaced by Denis Zakaria who will strenghten the midfield. In the middle of the park, Remo Freuler and Granit Xhaka look sure starters starters, with Mbabu and Rodriguez playing as wing-backs in Petkovic's 3-4-2-1.
Italy v Switzerland Predictions
Italy are on a nine-game winning streak and haven't conceded any goal in the process. We expect the Azzurri to be dominant as they were against Turkey, and create tons of scoring chances. Roberto Mancini's men can already secure their qualification for the round of 16 and, in our opinion, they will not miss this opportunity. In addition to the Italy win, we expect goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to keep another clean sheet. Among the possible scorers, we back Leonardo Spinazzola, who went close to score several times against the Turks. As to the Correct Score, let's go on the 3-0 Italy to win.
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