Italy vs Sweden by Rahul
Sweden managed to secure a draw in this encounter with Ireland, despite being quite attacking against them for most of the game. The Swedes rely a lot on Zlatan Ibrahimovic who managed to create an own goal out of nothing to help the team draw level with the Irish after going 1-0 down early on. Zlatan had to continue drop into midfield, while the wingers of Sweden like Larsson and Frosberg didn't deliver enough service to the forwards in order to score. They lacked a lot of quality to deliver a positive result, and I think they will continue to struggle against the strong Italian defence. The Swedish defence were shown to be considerably slower, and had to concede a lot of corners as a result and Italy will come to attack with pace, which might be a struggle for them. The Swedes have conceded in 7 out of their last 10 games including against sides like Ireland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Estonia and Denmark, this does not bode well for them against a better scoring Italian outfit.
The Italians showcased in the last game, why they are a team to worry about and why Antonio Conte is a top manager. The way the Italians set up to keep things tight at the back and attack on the counter, showcases the struggles that the Swedes will have especially since the Belgians were treated to a proper lesson. For this reasons, I am backing Italy to beat Sweden in this 2nd round encounter.
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|Italy||William Hill||2.00||7||1-0 WON (+7 units)|