Ace Football previews the semi-final tie between Italy and Spain in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and predictions.
Italy and Spain lock horns at Wembley for a semi-final match in the European Championship on Tuesday.
The Italians bring a ranking of number 7 in the FIFA rankings to the table, thus indicating a close match against Spain who rank number 6 in comparison. Both sides are capable of winning, but only one can go through. The question is who will it be?
Italy had few problems taking a highly anticipated 1st place in Group A and were expected to go deep at the Euro 2020. A third final at the Euros could be looming for Roberto Mancini’s side.
Spain, on the other hand, had to settle for an underwhelming 2nd place finish in Group E. It has been a tough road getting to the semi-finals as well, having gone through extra time in both knockout rounds.
Stats and Analysis
Italy have been in eminent form in the goal-scoring department. The Azzurri banged in 32 goals in their previous 10 internationals creating an average of 3.2 goals per game. They held on for a clean sheet in 6 of these matches, conceding 4 goals which is an average of 0.4 per game.
Spain, meanwhile, are brimming with confidence arriving at the Euro 2020 with extraordinarily good stats from their last 10 internationals. La Roja managed a massive 3.3 goals a game, scoring 33 times while allowing a scarcely noticeable 8 goals against them. That is an impressively low 0.8 per game, with a clean sheet in 5 of the matches.
Stats and facts for Italy and Spain.
Fun stats Italy
- Italy has won the last 15 matches in a row;
- Italy has won the last 9 matches in a row at home;
- Italy has won in the last 16 of 17 matches;
- Italy has won in the last 13 of 14 matches at home.
Fun stats Spain
- Spain has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Spain unbeaten the last 15 matches in a row;
- Spain has won the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
- Spain unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row when playing away.
Italians chasing records.
Italy look to have found a rich vein of form right now with yet another win last week.
In their previous 3 matches, Roberto Mancini’s men claimed a 1-0 win against Wales and went on to a 2-1 win against Austria. Their latest match served up a 2-1 win against Belgium.
Spain keep on winning.
One can’t really point a finger at the results for Spain in past weeks as they have performed according to their level.
In their 3 latest outings, Luis Enrique’s side destroyed Slovakia by 5 goals and went on to a 5-3 win against Croatia. Their latest game produced a 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
Italy v Spain Fixture History
When these two nations last faced off against each other, Spain ended up taking all 3 points in a 3-0 victory.
Italy enter the match against Spain with a 2-3-5 record in their previous 10 encounters in the European Championship.
Lorenzo Insigne hit the target 3 times in the last 6 internationals for Italy, and he will be hoping to expand on that tally here.
Managing 2 goals in his previous 6 internationals for Spain makes Alvaro Morata an obvious threat to any defence right now.