This Sunday, the curtain comes down on an enthralling summer of Euro 2020 football, as fans flock to Wembley Stadium. For the final between Italy and England, for the continental championship trophy, here’s our final football prediction – Italy vs England.
Roberto Mancini’s side qualified for the final, confirming our football prediction, though, after winning a tense penalty shootout against Spain.
Meanwhile, England required 120 minutes to beat Denmark 2-1 in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are attempting to make history in their first major tournament final in 55 years.
On the other hand, it’s been 53 years since Italy won the trophy.
- Federico Chiesa’s fitness is in question after he had to quit the pitch in Italy’s penalty shootout victory over Spain. After this doubt on him since Tuesday, Domenico Berardi is ready to take the lead.
Italy possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Jorginho, Barrella, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
- England won their extra-time match against Denmark without suffering any casualties.
- So, all that Gareth Southgate will have to choose is whether to play a back three and a back four. Otherwise, for the final, he may well remain with the same lineup as on Wednesday night.
- The only real question is who will start with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling up front. Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, and Jadon Sancho are all in contention for this position.
England possible starting lineup: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Football Prediction – Italy vs England
- In the semi-finals, Italy rode their luck against Spain, but eventually prevailed on penalties. This is their second Euro final in three tournaments, although they haven’t won the title since 1968. Further, both of their previous appearances in the final have ended in defeat.
- On the other hand, England qualified for their first major tournament final since 1966 by defeating Denmark on Wednesday night. They haven’t beaten Italy in their last six big tournament matches, but they do have home advantage on Sunday night.
- Having said that, France was the last home team to win a Euro final, and that was in 1984. So, finally, on Sunday, expect another nail-biter between two excellent teams.
Both sides have the defensive strength to shut out the opposition’s attacks. And yet, at the same time, both teams have the attacking wits to get past the other’s defense. There’s no doubt that this will be a game to remember.
The likes of Saka and Sterling are pushing the ageing guard’s pace with their runs in behind. So, we wouldn’t be too quick to rule out England’s forwards scoring a couple of goals here.
However, the two countries have drawn two 1-1 friendly matches since 2015, and they may be equally matched.
A win for England at Wembley would be the first time they have ever beaten Italy in a major competition. We’re placing our bets on Italy.