As Euro 2024 edges closer, England is gearing up for a pivotal clash, hosting Italy at Wembley. With an exciting encounter on the horizon, Gareth Southgate’s lads, leading the Group C by three points, aim to seal their place in the tournament by conquering the Italians.
Fresh from their slim victory against Australia, where a relatively untested England team eked out a 1-0 win, the Three Lions now set their sights on overcoming the current European champions. With a win, not only would England solidify their top spot, but they’d also potentially secure their Euro 2024 berth with a couple of games still in hand.
However, Italy isn’t trailing far behind. Riding a mini wave of momentum, having gathered seven points from their recent three games, the Azzurri secured the second spot in the group. Their latest performance was a convincing 4-0 victory over Malta.
Betting Odds favour the English side, given their undefeated streak in the Euro 2024 qualifiers at 4/6 favourites. It’s interesting to recall that during the Euro 2020 finals, both teams drew 1-1. An Italian win is priced at 5/1.
Key Players to Watch All eyes will undoubtedly be on England’s skipper, Harry Kane. Already establishing himself as the country’s top scorer, Kane’s knack for finding the net doesn’t seem to wane. Post his historic goal against Italy earlier this year, he’s quickly added five more to his international tally. With Italy’s defense appearing less resilient since their 2021 European triumph, Kane looks poised to capitalise. Betting on him to score at 7/5 is advised.
Another interesting bet is on Italy’s Nicolò Barella to commit a foul. The odds from Bet 365 are 10/11, a tempting offer, given his track record of averaging 1.3 fouls in the qualifiers.