Italy vs Sweden by Rainbow-Bet
Italy's got the possibility to qualify for the final stages of EUROs in today's match in group E, but they're meeting a Sweden side looking for revenge after a draw against Ireland in their first match. It's going to be exciting in the «group of death» from now and further ahead.
Italy perhaps got the best defensive line in the whole tournament with Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini, at least they're the most experienced. Italy impressed a lot in their opening match against a strong Belgium side, where the Gli Azzurri won 0-2. Giaccherini opened the show with his 0-1 goal, and Pelle finished a great volley into the net after a counter attack in added time.
Precision in the passing, counter strength and a great defensive structure and ball press was some of the key factors for Italy's success. On the last 11 matches, Antonio Conte's men got 7-2-2. 5 of 7 wins have been made without conceding goals. Only strong Belgium and Germany have beaten Italy in these 11 latest matches, both in friendlies.
Some changes are expected from Conte's starting eleven for today's match, including Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) for Marco Parolo (Lazio) in the midfield and perhaps Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan) will replace Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) on the left wingback. The striker duo Pelle (Southampton) and Eder (Inter) was criticized before the tournament to be too similar in their style of play, but against Belgium they showed how well they fit together. These two will be exciting to follow through the EUROs.
Expected lineup Italy:
Barzagli – Bonucci – Chiellini
Candreva – Giaccherini – De Rossi – Florenzi – De Sciglio
Pelle – Eder
Sweden was disappointed after the 1-1 draw against Ireland. Especially the first half was poor from the Swedish. Luckily they've got their equalising goal after an own goal by Ciaran Clark after a cross from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. A lot of wrong passes and poor tempo was some of the problems for Sweden in their last match. It seemed like the Swedish players wasn't ready for the occasion, today we have to see another Sweden if they should have a chance against Italy.
Sweden's most important player Zlatan Ibrahimovic must also be at his top form today, it's going to be exciting to see how he'll appear. Zlatan's got his own skill in performing against top sides and to raise the performance of his teammates in important matches.
Sweden coach Erik Hamren are going to make some changes in the stating eleven from the last match against Ireland. Mikael Lystig (Celtic) was injured in the last match, and will be replaced by Erik Johansson (FC Copenhagen) on the right back. Oscar Lewicki (Malmö) could be replaced by Albin Ekdal (Hamburger) on central midfield, while Guidetti (Celta Vigo) will get a chance to play up top instead of Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos). Surprisingly Berg got the starting spot with Zlatan against Ireland, Guidetti has shown good goalscoring form for Celta this season and will fit better to play alongside Zlatan.
Expected lineup Sweden:
E.Johansson – Nilsson-Lindelof – Granqvist – Olsson
S.Larsson – Ekdal – Källström – Forsberg
Guidetti – Ibrahimovic
This match isn't going to be any high scoring game, both teams will focus to not give away chances to the opponent. On the 11 last meetings between these two sides, the stats shows: 6 Italy wins, 2 draws and 3 Sweden wins. As usual in a historical perspective Italy is strong defensively and in 4 of the 6 wins they haven't conceded goals. This Italy side and Germany are the strongest defensive sides in the whole tournament, and they will not concede any goals today. We bet on a Italy win without conceding a goal in today's match.
Italy – Sweden home team to win without conceding a goal
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