WHAT: Euro 2020, Group A, Round 3
LINE: Italy -200 | Draw +290 | Wales +750
KICK OFF: Sunday, June 20th, 12PM EST
WHERE: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
WATCH: ESPN 2
Italy sits top of Group A and have confirmed their qualification for the Knockout Stage. The Azzurri have won both of their games 3-0 and played some of the best football in the tournament. Roberto Mancini will want to keep his side’s momentum going and win the group.
Wales sit second after drawing their opening 1-1 with Switzerland and beating Turkey 2-0. The Dragons have probably done enough to qualify for the Knockout Stage as one of the four best third-placed sides. But, Robert Page will want his side to get something from this game to guarantee progression.
Here are links to High Press Soccer’s Euro 2020 Group Guides.
Euro 2020 Group A Preview: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales
Euro 2020 Group B Preview: Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Russia
Euro 2020 Group C Preview: Austria, Netherlands, North Macedonia and Ukraine
Eur0 2020 Group D Preview: Croatia, Czech Republic, England and Scotland
Euro 2020 Group E Preview: Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden
Euro 2020 Group F Preview: France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal
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ITALY POSSIBLE STARTING XI
Francesco Acerbi will come in for the injured Giorgio Chiellini. The Juventus legend picked up a flexor injury against Switzerland and told UEFA.com, “I am feeling quite well, it’s nothing serious. I’ll rest for a few days, and then we’ll see. Let’s say I stopped myself in time.”
I think that will be the only change Mancini makes. Italy beat Cremonese Primavera 9-1 in a friendly game during the week. It was arranged to give the players not used against Switzerland some playing time. Andrea Belotti and Federico Bernardeschi scored hat-tricks, and Marco Verratti played 50 minutes as he nears his return from a knee injury.
I expect the PSG midfielder to feature from the bench at some point. Verratti is one of Italy’s best players, and they will want him ready for the Last 16. Right-back Alessandro Florenzi is available after recovering from the injury he picked up against Turkey.
ITALY EURO 2020 ROSTER
MANAGER: Roberto Mancini
GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
DEF: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (PSG), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Tolói (Atalanta)
MID: Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter Milan), Marco Verratti (PSG)
FWD: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)
WALES POSSIBLE STARTING XI
Wales doesn’t have the depth that other squads do. For that reason, I think Page will stick with the same Starting XI he picked against Switzerland and Turkey. Keifer Moore could be rested with Liverpool’s Harry Wilson coming into the lineup as a false nine. Neco Williams could start if Page decides to switch to a back five and play for the draw.
WALES EURO 2020 ROSTER
MANAGER: Robert Page
GK: Adam Davies (Stoke City), Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City)
DEF: Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Joe Rodon (Tottenham), Neco Williams (Liverpool)
MID: Joe Allen (Stoke City), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City), Daniel James (Manchester United), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Joe Morrell (Luton Town), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Jonny Williams (Cardiff City), Harry Wilson (Liverpool)
FWD: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United)
ITALY VS WALES BETTING TIP
Italy are on a 10 game-winning run and have kept clean sheets in all of those matches. I don’t see Wales ending either one of those streaks with the game taking place in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico.
BETTING TIP: Italy To Win To Nil +116
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