Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka to Lead Switzerland in Italy Clash

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    From left: Midfielders Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) and Granit Xhaka (Switzerland)
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    The Uefa Euro 2020 games enter day five with Italy (Azzuris) welcoming Switzerland at Stadio Olimpico in Rome tonight. 

    Italy will face off with their opponents on June 16 at 10 pm. The Azzuris under former Man City coach Roberto Mancini will be looking for their second win after defeating Turkey 3-0 in the Group A opener at the same stadium. 

    Betika Odds for Italy vs Switzerland 

    Italy are the favourite to win after being given 1.68 against Switzerland’s 5.80.  A draw between the two stands at 3.90.

    Having impressed in the match, Italy effectively needs only 1 point to progress into the knockout stages as they sit top of the group with 3 points. Meanwhile, the Illustrious Swiss, captained by Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka are seeking their Euro 2020 following a frustrating draw with Group A counterparts Wales.

    Switzerland have won only 2 of their 14 Euro games, but have lost only once in their last 15 matches in the competition inclusive of qualifiers. 

    Italy have scored 28 goals and conceded none in their last nine matches. However, they haven’t beaten head coach Vladmir Petković’s Switzerland in the last 3 head to head matches. 

    Other Match Facts and Betika Odds 

    Italy have won their last 11 matches in the Euros. Italy to win at 1.68

    Italy have scored at least 2 goals in their last 11 Euros matches. Over 1.5 goals at 1.41

    Italy have drawn their last 3 matches against Switzerland in all competitions. Draw at 3.90

    There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Italy's last 10 games in Euros. Over 2.5 goals at 2.26

    Italy have been drawing at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Switzerland in all competitions. Halftime/Fulltime X/X at 5.20.

    Switzerland are undefeated in 14 of their last 15 matches in Euros.

    Italy have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Switzerland in all competitions.

    Under 2.5 at 1.73.

     Team News

    Italy under Mancini are expected to maintain the same lineup fielded in the win against Turkey. The only change may be Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo replacing Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alessandro Florenzi who was diagnosed with a right muscle injury. 

    Italian Midfielder Marco Verratti has not been declared fit to play after returning to training following a five weeks knee injury. 

    Switzerland will bank on the solid midfield partnership of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler - Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri and attacker Breel Embolo will be trusted to lead the attack against an untested Italian defence.  

    Possible Lineups 

    Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

    Switzerland: Sommer; Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodríguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović.

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