Euro Betting: Italy vs Switzerland 16th June
Group Stage | Group A | Rome
Their Euros So Far
Italy got off to a perfect and flawless start in the Euro 2020 tournament opener against Turkey. The 3-0 victory demonstrated an energetic pressing and attacking performance that belied the typically conservative footballing traditions of the Azzurri. It was also their joint biggest win at the Euros.
For Switzerland, they can rightly feel aggrieved not to have taken all three points in their draw against Wales. The Swiss were dominant all game but could not take their chances when they needed to. They should, however, take heart from the performance in general, where they showed their ability for great possession football.
Based on both sides’ opening performances, we could be in for another attractive game of possession-based football, but it may be about which side has the killer instinct to finish off moves more than the other.
Italy clearly showed more clinical finishing in their opening game, and in Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, they have two attackers who look sharp and have got off the mark quickly. The performances of Leonardo Spinazzola and Chelsea’s Jorginho were also very encouraging for Italy, with the former being industrious and man of the match on the left side of the field. The same line-up is strongly expected, apart from Alessandro Florenzi, who suffered a calf injury against Turkey, and will likely be replaced by Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who ably deputised for the PSG full-back.
From the Swiss perspective, a similar line-up to their opener is also expected, with the performance impressive, if not quite the result. Their experienced goalkeeper, Yann Sommer is expected to leave the camp shortly, with his second child due to be born during the tournament, leaving Yvon Mvogo to take up the number 1 spot for the subsequent games. Mvogo has been seen with a focused training role this week, increasing further speculation.
This will be the third time the teams have met at a final tournament, and the first in nearly 60 years. As you might expect with their rich and victorious past, the Italians have been victorious across most games, winning 28 of their 58 matches, and losing just 8. A positive for the Swiss though, lies in the fact that the last 3 matches – in Switzerland – have all ended in draws, with the last one being a 2010 friendly in which current players Xherdan Shaqiri and Giorgio Chiellini were both involved.
The last competitive game between the two nations was in qualifying for Euro 2000. Italy were victors at home, a 2-0 victory with Alessandro Del Piero scoring twice, followed by a 0-0 draw on Swiss soil. Italy went on to progress and win the qualifying group, whilst Switzerland were eliminated in third place.
All in all, Italy are now unbeaten in eight matches against Switzerland (W4 D4), since a 1-0 loss in Berne in World Cup qualifying in 1993. Although, the Azzurri’s last win against the Swiss was as far back as 2003 in a Geneva friendly.
So, will Mancini’s men march on? Or will the Swiss find their finishing boots?