Two geographic neighbours will face-off in Group A action in what promises to be a wide-open and offensive-minded clash, if their first matches were any indication.
The Italians will host the Swiss from Rome in the famous Stadio Olimpico, as both sides continue their impressive tournaments thus far at Euro 2020.
For Italy, they had the responsibility of kicking off the competition with a bang, and that is exactly what they did. Robert Mancini’s squad were clinical in attack, and controlled the match vs. Turkey from start to finish. Even without key pieces in both midfield and attack, the Italians definitely let it be known that they are one of the best sides in Europe, and are very much a legitimate threat to hoist the trophy on July 11th.
Meanwhile for the Swiss, while they didn’t secure the victory and full three points vs. Wales, they essentially did everything but that. They were dominant in possession across the entire match, and had a late goal not been ruled out due to VAR, Switzerland would have easily won. Their defense was decent enough, but their attack generated plenty of chances and shots on goal. Whether they can play with the same confidence and vigor against a much more talented Italian side will definitely be interesting to see.
This could well be the deciding match for the ultimate victor of a competitive Group A, and as we’ve done all tourney thus far – we’ve got you covered at The Sports Geek. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for added insight, team news, and a betting prediction for Italy vs. Switzerland in a crucial Group A encounter. Enjoy!
Italy vs. Switzerland Betting Odds:
Italy -1 (+105)
Switzerland +1 (-125)
Over 2 (-150)
Under 2 (+130)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Italy vs. Switzerland Pick:
With Italy looking top-notch in terms of quality against Turkey, don’t expect changes to the starting eleven from Roberto Mancini. Midfield star Marco Verratti will feature at Euro 2020, but it likely isn’t just yet.
Italy will again trot out an impressive 4-3-3, routinely activating their wing-backs to put the pressure on a Switzerland side that have been prone to some defensive lapses of late. Their midfield featuring Jorginho in the middle was dominant and controlling against Turkey, and they’ll again play a big role in stifling the creativity of the Swiss star Granit Xhaka.
Up top, the Italians were clinical in their finishing, and could prove to get even more chances against the Swiss. Ciro Immobile was dynamic on every touch of the ball, while the diminutive Lorenzo Insigne continually troubles defenses with shifty footwork and creative passing. This Italian attack will be tough to handle for the Swiss.
Switzerland will counter with a 3-4-1-2 formation and likely won’t see all that much of the ball on Wednesday. As a result, don’t be surprised to see manager Vladimir Petkovic insert the energetic Denis Zakaria into the side. The midfielder can run for days, and could play a key role in disrupting Italy’s flow and passing when on the ball. The Swiss will need to be clinical on the counter and make the most of their chances if they do want this match to be competitive, but much of this game will come down to Switzerland’s play without the ball.
Though Switzerland controlled the match against Wales last week, they only ended up with a disappointing draw due to some lapses in defense. It’s not a sturdy back-line, and one that remains vulnerable on set pieces. While the Swiss may be happy with just a single point, the Italians will undoubtedly look to push the pace from the opening whistle. The Italians are well-suited to be patient and wait for chances and openings, and should be able to eventually break down a Swiss side that isn’t the most rigid defensive squad. Expect a narrow Italian victory, with Italy winning to nil also representing good value for Wednesday’s clash.