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Euro Betting: Italy vs Wales, 20 June

Final Group Games | Group A | Rome

Their Euro So Far

Roberto Mancini’s men are already marching on to the last 16. Two successive 3-0 victories against Turkey and Switzerland respectively, they now face a Welsh side full of fire and ambition, and on the precipice of automatically making it through to the next round themselves.

After their second victory, Italy are already through to the next stages, with only securing top spot in their group left to do. Italy remain flawless on their Euro campaign so far, with six goals without reply, and striker, Ciro Immobile scoring in successive games. Manuel Locatelli also scored twice in an international game for the first time in his career. Under Mancini, the Italians really do look to have shaken off their traditional conservative approach, whilst still maintaining a defence that gives very little. That is now 9 victories in a row, with no goals conceded.

Wales meanwhile, under the temporary management of Rob Page, following pending charges of assault for full-time manager, Ryan Giggs, have given themselves more than a fighting chance of reaching the next round of the Euros. In their last game, they beat Turkey 2-0, thanks to excellent work from Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and an incredibly late goal from Connor Roberts to make the result secure.

Their performance was full of the purpose and fire that they showed at Euro 2016, when they reached the semi-finals for the first time in their history. The tense 2-0 win over Turkey should have been far less tense, had it not been for missed chances and Gareth Bale skying an earlier penalty that would have made it 2-0 far earlier than the 95th minute!

Italy Permutations

After their second victory, Italy are already through to the next stages, with only securing top spot in their group left to do. Italy remain flawless on their Euro campaign so far, with six goals without reply, and striker, Ciro Immobile scoring in successive games. Manuel Locatelli also scored twice in an international game for the first time in his career. Under Mancini, the Italians really do look to have shaken off their traditional conservative approach, whilst still maintaining a defence that gives very little. That is now 9 victories in a row, with no goals conceded.

Wales Permutations

Wales need only a draw against the Italians to guarantee their passage to the next round. They will have to be wary of Switzerland chalking up a big goal tally against Turkey in their final game, as well as ensuring they keep their own margins against Italy less than the 3-0 that the Swiss suffered. This should then help secure second spot for the Dragons.

So, although they have given themselves a great chance, and are favourites to progress ahead of Switzerland, there is still a lot riding on this final group game for the Welsh.

Past Meetings

Italy have won seven of their nine fixtures against Wales, but the Welsh can take heart and hope from their famous Euro win, a long time back in 2002. This will be their first meeting since Euro 2004 qualifying, when on home soil, Italy won 4-0, with Filippo Inzaghi scoring a hattrick and Alessandro Del Piero scoring the other.

Wales did, however, win the other tie – Simon Davies and Craig Bellamy both scoring in a 2-1 win in Cardiff. Only the Dragons’ second win ever against Italy, who did progress to the 2004 Euro finals, whilst Wales missed out, with a playoff defeat to Russia.

Another famous Welsh victory was a 1-0 friendly win, courtesy of their famous and legendary striker, Ian Rush in 1988. At the time, Rush was even playing for Italian giants, Juventus.

Aside from those, the Azzurri have more than had the upper hand.

So, will Italy take their foot off the gas knowing they’ve already qualified? Or could Wales still fall at the final group stage hurdle?

EURO Betting Odds Italy vs Wales Euro 2020