Euro 2020: Italy vs Switzerland Preview and Predictions

Bertrand Traore

Italy will welcome Switzerland at Stadio Olimpico in the second group stage game of Euro 2020. After thrashing Turkey in the opener, Roberto Mancini’s side will be hoping to keep their winning streak and book the ticket for the knock-out phase by beating Vladimir Petkovic’s men. 

The Azzurri are currently at the helm of Group A. Moreover, they will be looking to secure that position before meeting Wales in the last game of the group phase. On the other hand, Switzerland can not afford to lose this game after drawing the first game against Wales. 

Italy are currently unbeaten in 28 games in all competitions and Mancini’s side will be looking to keep their unbeaten streak against Switzerland as well. 

Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic talk to his players during Switzerland’s official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Italy vs Switzerland Preview:

After failing to reach the World Cup 2018, Italy have changed their approach from being a conservative team. Thus, they have now become a pragmatic team to an expansive entertaining team under Mancini. 

The game against Turkey in the Euro 2020 opener is a perfect example of that where the Azzurri. As they had 24 shots compared to Turkey’s three and none of those troubled Gianluigi Donnarumma. 

Italy have shown their quality going forward. However, defensively they have not been tested yet. And it will be interesting to see how the partnership of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci can cope with world-class teams like France or England. 

Scoring goals in the opening game will give confidence to Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne. However, if they can continuously show their qualities in every game, then it will make Mancini’s job way easier. 

On the other hand, Switzerland have placed themselves in a very critical condition after failing to beat Wales despite being the better side. Petkovic will be looking to secure at least one point from this encounter to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages alive. 

Petkovic should not go ultra-defensive as he did against Wales after scoring the opener. Moreover, Switzerland should learn from their mistake and carry on playing the normal game and test Italy’ ageing defence by Breel Embolo’s blistering pace. 

Italy form (all competitions): W-W-W-W-W-W

Switzerland form(all competitions): W-W-W-W-W-D

team news:

Marco Verratti will have to remain out of action for this game. He is struggling with a knee problem. In addition to that, Alessandro Florenzi will also be out of this game as he sustaining a calf problem against Turkey and Giovanni Di Lorenzo is the potential replacement on the right-back. 

Apart from that, it is unlikely that Italy boss Mancini will be looking to shuffle his winning combination against Switzerland. 

Meanwhile, Vladimir Petkovic is expected to go with the same line-up as he did against Wales. Only Denis Zakaria is expected to return to the starting eleven in place of Remo Freuler. 

Italy possible starting lineup(4-3-3):

Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

Switzerland possible starting lineup(3-4-1-2):

Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Schar; Mbabu, Xhaka, Zakaria, Rodriguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic

Italy 2-1 Switzerland 

Italy is currently full of confidence and they got spring in their steps after winning the first game. Meanwhile, it will be hard for Switzerland to contain the mighty Italians in their backyard. 

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