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Italy Vs Spain Prediction And Odds

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Italy Vs Spain Prediction And Odds

Continental heavyweights Italy and Spain will clash under the Wembley arch in a mouthwatering Euro 2020 semi-final showdown on Tuesday night.

The Azzuri head into the last four of the tournament having dispatched the world's top-ranked team Belgium in their quarter-final - making it 15 wins in a row and 32 games unbeaten. Impressive, right?

La Roja, meanwhile, did appear to have found their own scoring touch, but they had to scrape past a ten-man Switzerland on penalties in the last eight. They face their toughest challenge yet against the Italians.

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Spain had to scrape past a ten-man Switzerland on penalties in the last eight
Spain had to scrape past a ten-man Switzerland on penalties in the last eight

Italy have been runners-up twice in the intervening years in this competition - in 2000 and then 2012 - when they were, ironically, beaten by the Spanish.

The two countries last met in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, where La Roja won at home and drew away, but the Italians won 2-0 in the last European Championship finals five years ago, as Spain exited at the last-16 stage.

Spain are bidding to win the Euros for the fourth time, which would make them the most successful nation in the competition's history, surpassing Germany - also on three.

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The winner of tonight's game will go on to face either England or Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Intriguingly, each time Spain have previously won their quarter-final in the Euros they have gone on to lift the trophy. Could that be a sign of things to come tonight? Probably not, no. It's coming home.

With the semi-finals now underway, our tipster Robert Mann takes a look at some of the best bets from Italy vs Spain to get your teeth stuck into.

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Italy vs Spain betting tips & predictions

Italy are 7/5 to win, with Spain priced at 21/10 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 21/10.

Prediction: 2-1 (8/1)

Half-Time/Full-Time: Italy/Italy (3/1)

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It goes without saying that Italy have been exceptional throughout this summer's showpiece, especially having won all five of their matches.

Having failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the side have been transformed by Roberto Mancini and are unbeaten in 32 games in all competitions, a new national record. Incredible stuff, we know.

Italy have been transformed by Roberto Mancini and are unbeaten in 32 games in all competitions
Italy have been transformed by Roberto Mancini and are unbeaten in 32 games in all competitions

Although Spain's new-look team has goals in them, this may be a step too far for Luis Enrique and his side.

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For that reason, we reckon the Italians will be too strong this evening and we're backing them to lead from the first to last whistle and their impressive run to continue. That is, of course, until they meet England in the final.

First Goalscorer: Federico Chiesa (8/1)

Federico Chiesa has been one of Italy's standout players during this summer's European Championships and quite clearly has an eye for goal.

The Juventus winger came on as a substitute to score the opening goal against Austria in the last-16 and registered five shots against Belgium last time out.

Federico Chiesa has been one of Italy's standout players during this summer's European Championships
Federico Chiesa has been one of Italy's standout players during this summer's European Championships

Italy's ability to break at pace, combined with Chiesa's exceptional finishing skills, should see the 23-year-old find enough room to have shots on goal and find the back of the net.

Juicy odds of 8/1 for him to draw first blood in tonight's game is too juicy to miss, too. So, what are you waiting for?

Request A Bet: Italy 13+ total shots (90 mins) and Italy to win the tie (2/1)

During this summer's showpiece, the Italians have been the most consistent team by far, impressing with a well-drilled style of play that puts them on the counter-attack out of nowhere.

Incredibly, the Azzuri have had an astonishing number of shots in their matches, too - a total of 64 in their three group games, plus 27 against Austria and 14 against a formidable Belgium side.

The Azzuri recorded a total of 64 shots in their three group games
The Azzuri recorded a total of 64 shots in their three group games

Let's put this into context, shall we? Spain have not yet faced anyone with the attacking calibre of Italy and if a side such as Croatia can manage 12 shots against them, it's likely Italy can do the same damage, if not more.

For that reason, we're backing Roberto Mancini's men to have at least 13 shots when the two teams meet, as well as winning the tie overall. Sounds like a given, doesn't it?

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.

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Italy team news

It's bad news for wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola who suffered a dramatic tournament-ending injury against Belgium and will now undergo surgery on his Achilles tendon, with an expected four to six months on the sidelines to follow.

Experienced midfielder Marco Verratti has confirmed his recovery from a knee problem with three resolute performances.

Meanwhile, Nicolo Barella's attacking contributions should be enough to ward off competition for his place from Arsenal target Manuel Locatelli.

In the attack, Roberto Mancini will likely bring in Federico Chiesa - our banker to score first tonight - on the ride side of the Azzurri attack.

Elsewhere, despite a hit-and-miss campaign so far, Circo Immobile will start ahead of his centre-forward deputy Andrea Belotti.

Spain team news

Pablo Sarabia is considered unlikely to be ready in time for the Tuesday evening kick-off after he suffered a muscular injury early on against Switzerland.

Aymeric Laporte trained separately on Saturday, working only in the gym to manage fatigue - he is the only Spanish player to have played every minute of a campaign that has seen two games go to extra time.

Although he has been forced to shift to the right side of the centre-back pairing to accommodate the inclusion of fellow left-footer Pau Torres, that duo should hold off the claims of Laporte's former Manchester City colleague Eric Garcia once again.

As of yet, Alvaro Morata nor Gerard Moreno have proved able to convert a series of presentable chances, so another City star, Ferran Torres, is set to keep his place in Luis Enrique's attacking trident ahead of the latter.

Topics: Euro 2020, Spain, Italy

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