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Euro 2020: Italy vs. Wales match preview- team news, lineups

Sun 20 June 2021 | 7:30

Italy are taking on Wales in their third Group A Euro 2020 tie at Stadio Olimpico. Follow along for Italy vs. Wales live stream online, prediction, lineups preview and score updates of the Euro 2020.

Wales

are not yet sure of their place in the last-16, however, they attempt to make certain of their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a point against Europe's form side Italy at Stadio Olimpico.

The Dragons have picked up four points from their opening two Group A matches while Italy were the first side to reach the last 16 of the UEFA European Championships with a 3-0 win over Switzerland.

Wales can guarantee themselves the second spot in the group and a place in the knockout stages of the Euro 2020 fixtures with a draw against

Italy

.

A win over Italy would see Rob Page’s side top the group and plot their route to the final, but Roberto Mancini’s men have been the stand-out performers of the Euros so far. Finding a way past Italy’s resilient defense will prove to be

Gareth Bale

and his teammate’s biggest challenge ever.

The Italians have recorded 3-0 wins over both Turkey and Switzerland, and have already secured their spot in the knockout rounds.

Italy vs. Wales match preview

Having picked up four points from their two games in Baku, Wales lock horns with Italy tonight. Another draw would ensure their progress to the last 16 of the UEFA European Championships, but if they win, they will finish first in Group A.

Wales

After securing a somewhat fortunate point off

Switzerland

in their opening game, Wales produced a fantastic display to see off Turkey 2-0 on Wednesday.

It was a performance that brought back memories of 2016 and their famous run to the semi-finals of the last Euros, with Gareth Bale and

Aaron Ramsey

stepping up on the night.

Bale may have skied a penalty, but he set up Ramsey for the opening goal and then teed up Connor Roberts late on for a killer second.

That win leaves Wales all but assured of a place in the last 16 for the second tournament running due to the fact that four of the best third-placed sides advance.

A point will guarantee second place, a win will see them through as group winners, and while a defeat may also see them progress as runners-up in case that Switzerland fail to beat

Turkey

.

Italy

Roberto Mancini’s squad are eager to keep their momentum going with three more points. The Azzurri have won their first two games 3-0, against Turkey and then Switzerland, having previously failed to score three goals in a game at the European Championships.

Italy are now unbeaten in their last 29 matches in all competitions, winning 24 of those since a 1-0 loss to

Portugal

in September 2018.

If they avoid defeat against Wales, they will equal their all-time longest unbeaten run of 30 games between November 1935 and July 1939.

It has been quite the turnaround for Italy after missing out on the last World Cup, although better performance is accompanied by added expectation.

The last three matches between Italy and Wales played on Italian soil have produced 11 goals, all scored by Italy.

Form analysis

Both Robert Page and Roberto Mancini have selection dilemmas to ponder as Wales take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 group stage fixtures.

Robert Page surprised many by going with a back four for the tournament and using

Kieffer Moore

up top, but the Wales manager is expected to tweak his lineup on Sunday.

Moore could do with a breather and, with no other strikers of his caliber in the squad, a false nine seems the most likely option, meaning that

Harry Wilson

comes into the starting XI, with Daniel James and Bale either side - though the

Real Madrid

forward is another who could do with a rest.

If Page switch to a back five, Neco Williams has a good chance of coming into the side at left wing-back. Ramsey may make way, allowing Chris Gunter to slot into the backline.

Wales possible starting lineup: Ward; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Gunter, Williams; Morrell, Allen; Bale, Wilson, James

It is not easy to accurately predict the starting lineup Mancini will use, as the experienced coach will want to get the right balance.

Italy arranged a friendly with Cremonese Primavera in the week to give the players not used against Switzerland some playing time.

Andrea Belotti

and

Federico Chiesa

both netted hat-tricks in the 9-1 victory and will be pushing for recalls to the side here.

Giorgio Chiellini is nursing an injury and will surely not be risked, opening up a spot at the back for Francesco Acerbi.

Midfielder

Marco Verratti

started the midweek friendly and may get the nod over man of the moment Manuel Locatelli on Sunday.

Italy possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Emerson; Verratti, Cristante, Barella; Bernardeschi, Belotti, Chiesa

Italy vs. Wales - Head-to-head in all competitions

The Italy Euro 2020 squad has won 7 games. The Wales Euro 2020 squad is way behind with just 2 wins between both the international sides. The last Italy vs Wales match ended 4-0 in September 2003.

Prediction

While many websites offer different predictions and betting tips, we state here that none of the previous nine meetings between these sides have ever ended in a draw, with Italy winning seven to Wales' two wins.

Not only have the Azzurri won 10 games in a row, they have kept a clean sheet in each of those matches, and it is difficult to see the visitors ending either of those runs.

Both teams will make a fair few changes, but we are predicting a similar outcome for Italy, with all three points and a clean sheet to sail through in top spot.

Italy vs. Wales Referees

Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan will officiate Italy's final Euro 2020 Group A game against Wales on Sunday. It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

Hategan has been assigned to the fixture, assisted by Radu Ghinguleac and Sebastian Gheorghe. Poland’s Pawel Gil will be the VAR, with Orel Grinfeeld of Israel as the fourth official.

Viewing information

  • Date: Sunday, 20 June

  • Kick off Time: 18:00 CET

  • Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome

  • Free live streams: ITV & S4C

  • Odds: Italy (-210) Draw (+310) Wales (+750)

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