The European Championships took a big shake when Italy overturned the tournaments outside favourites Belgium. Since Andrea Pirlo retired from international football and the man who would supposedly take the reins, Marco Verratti was left out due to injury, Italy have lacked a major star.
Emanuele Giaccharini, a Sunderland reject from a couple of years ago, opened the scoring against the Red Devils, and could be a key force once again from his advanced midfield position. Bookies offers will have been considerably shortened since the sensational last Thursday. Many have Italy at 10/11
Sweden stole a point away from an impressive Republic of Ireland side in their opening group game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was almost invisible throughout the 90 minutes as Ciaran Clark coped admirably despite turning into his own net to level for the Swedes. Despite the disappointing start, a Sweden win can be found at 9/2.
The Azzurri have been idolised by many young defenders since the early 90’s. Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi just to name a couple. Therefore, with the like of Giorgio Chiellini and Thursday’s man of the match Leonardo Bonucci in the side, a clean sheet should be on the cards. A repeat shoreline can be found at 15/2.
Emil Forsberg was tipped by many to make his international breakthrough at Euro 2016. The 24-year-old Leipzig winger is 17/2 to score anytime in tomorrow’s early kick-off.
Safe Bet – Italy win 10/11
Long Shot – Italy to win 2-0 15/2
|Italy (3-5-2)||Sweden (4-4-2)|
|Gianluigi Buffon||Andreas Isaksson|
|Andrea Barzagli||Erik Johansson|
|Giorgio Chiellini||Victor Lindelof|
|Leonardo Bonucci||Andreas Granqvist|
|Matteo Darmian||Martin Olsson|
|Antonio Candreva||Albin Ekdal|
|Marco Parolo||Kim Kallstrom|
|Danielle De Rossi||Sebastian Larsson|
|Emanuele Giaccherini||Emil Forsberg|
|Graziano Pelle||John Guidetti|