Italy is going to face Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in Euro 2020 on Wednesday night.
Italy easily beat the huddle of Turkey in the opening game of the tournament. Where Italy got its own goal and Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne scored the rest two goals.
The 3-0 win for Roberto Mancini’s side underlined a dominant performance. Also, the Azzurri can secure progression to the last 16 with a win over Switzerland.
The Swiss drew 1-1 with Wales in their opening game. Kieffer Moore’s header helped to gather a point for the Dragons. Breel Embolo had opened the scoring.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match:
When is it?
The fixture will kick off at 12.30 am IST at the Stadio Olimpico.
How can I watch it?
The match is live on Sony Six, Sony Ten 1, and Sony Ten 2. The coverage is starting from 11.30 pm IST.
What is the team news?
The game will likely come too soon for Marco Verratti. He has overcome a knee injury but may not be a match fit. Manuel Locatelli is linked up with a move to the Premier League. He will join Jorginho and Nicolo Barella in midfield. Giovanni Di Lorenzo will start in place of Alessandro Florenzi. He has a calf injury issue.
Vladimir Petkovic may bring in Denis Zakaria. It can counter Italy’s strength in midfield. The Swiss also called up goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. He will replace the injured Jonas Omlin as cover for Yann Sommer.
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo; Bonucci; Chiellini, Spinazzola, Barella; Jorginho; Locatelli, Berardi; Immobile; Insigne.
Switzerland: Sommer; Elvedi; Akanji; Schar, Mbabu; Xhaka, Freuler; Rodriguez; Shaqiri, Embolo; Seferovic.
- This is the first encounter between Italy and Switzerland in the UEFA European Championships. However, they have met in two previous major tournaments: in the 1954 World Cup (as hosts, Switzerland won both games: a group stage match and a play-off) and the 1962 World Cup (Italy won 3-0 in Chile, also in the group stages).
- Switzerland have won none of their last eight matches against Italy (D4 L4). They last beat their neighbours 28 years ago, a 1-0 victory in Bern as part of the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Current Italy head-coach Roberto Mancini was on the losing side that day.
- Italy have lost only one of their 24 games against Switzerland on Italian soil (W18 D5): it was a friendly in October 1982 at Rome’s Olimpico stadium (0-1), in what was Italy’s first game after being crowned world champions three months previously.
Italy was dominant in their win over Turkey. Also, they have deserved favorites. Here a draw as Switzerland can be stubborn. However, I think Italy will have too much. 3-1 Italy.