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Euro 2020: Italy vs Switzerland Preview

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Euro 2020: Italy vs Switzerland Preview

Despite Italy’s 3-0 winning start to the European Championships, Roberto Mancini believes his team “can only improve” ahead of their second game in Group A against Switzerland in Rome tonight at 8pm on ITV.

The Italians, who now haven’t lost in 28 games, could become the first team to qualify for the knockout stages if they win this evening. Switzerland come into the game off the back of a 1-1 stalemate against Wales. Although the Swiss could feel hard done by after dominating for the majority of the game. This means that the Swiss can go into this game with a sense of optimism as they hope to put a stop to the strong attacking force the Italians have.

Italy will still be without Marco Verratti, who has been recovering from a knee injury, while Switzerland maintain a fully fit squad to choose from.

Italy Predicted XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

Switzerland Predicted XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Freuler, Xhaka, Rodríguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović

 

Match Facts

  • Italy have kept a clean sheet in their last 9 matches in all competitions. Which is 875 minutes of football without conceding which stems back to October of last year.
  • Switzerland’s last 4 games have all ended in a draw. No nation has ever drawn 5 games in a row in the competition.
  • Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic has had 13 shots in 5 appearances at the European Championships, including 4 in the first half against Wales on Saturday. However he has failed to score in the competition.
  • Since 2014, Switzerland’s star-man Xherdan Shaqiri has been involved in 50% of Switzerland’s goals in major tournaments. (5 goals, 3 assists)
  • The last time these 2 nations met in a major tournament was in 1999, where the game ended 0-0.

 

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Olly is currently doing a degree in sports journalism at Leeds Trinity University. He is an Ipswich Town fan and enjoys playing football and tennis in his spare time. His aspiration is to one day become a leading sports journalist within the online journalism sector.

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