The Italians are on a 28-game undefeated streak and in their last nine games they have not conceded a goal. The Swiss are known for strong performances in tournaments and should make it difficult for the Italians in this encounter.
Euro 2020: Group A
Wednesday 16 June
To Win Match
The Italians under Roberto Mancini are peaking at the ideal time. Led by veteran Juventus centre back Giorgio Chielleni who is partenered by Leonardo Bonnucci, the Italians look rock solid at the back and with the attacking prowess of Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile, they do look like they can go all the away.
Against Turkey they showed how good they were. They were patient and waited for the gaps to open and eventually in the second half, they ended up scoring 3 goals.
They face a different type of opposition here. In the Swiss, they go up against a team that has a bit of everything and should find it a lot tougher than their opening game.
On their day the Swiss can take on any team and beat them and against Wales they can really look back and think that the draw that they achieved was actually 2 points dropped as opposed to a point gained.
They will be looking to Xherdan Shaqiri’s creativity to unlock this Italian defence, they will also be looking to Granit Xhaka to try and strike a few long-range shots from outside the box in the hope of being the first team to score against them in more than 9 games.
It does look to be a tough ask for the Swiss but they have been known for extraordinary results when you least expect them and with them really needing to win, anything is possible.
Verdict: First half draw @ 11/10
With the Italians on such a good run of form, how can one go against them? With that being said, the Swiss have been known for pulling off a few extraordinary results when you least expect them to over the years. I am expecting the first half to end the same way it did for both these teams in their first encounters, 0-0, hence the reason I am tipping the first half draw at 11/10.