Italy vs Spain Match Preview and Predictions

Time: 6th July, 2021 22:00 hours (Semi Final)

Italy take on Spain at Wembley Stadium this evening in the first of Euro 2020’s semi-final fixtures. The tie promises to be one of the most compelling matches of the tournament so far with both sides looking to reach the final against Denmark or England. For both head coaches – Italy’s Roberto Mancini and Spain’s Luis Enrique – they now have Euro glory in their sights.

It has been a bumpy ride for Luis Enrique’s  inconsistent team so far, and like favourites France before them, they were forced to penalties by a well-drilled Switzerland side at the weekend. Despite a sluggish start, Enrique’s men have already racked up 12 goals in the competition; equalling their highest ever total at a continental finals, set during the triumphant campaigns of 2008 and 2012.

Italy

The Azzuri made it to the semi-final by winning five games and playing perhaps the best football in the tournament. Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri have been one of the best if not the best, topping Group A in style before seeing off Austria and then No 1 ranked Belgium last time out.

Italy have won 28 of his 37 games in charge – a 75% win rate – and are now unbeaten in 32 games, a run going back to a 1-0 Nations League defeat by Portugal in September 2018. They have now won 13 games in a row too.

Jorginho will most likely be on penalties for Roberto Mancini’s side. Chiesa has popped up with some important goals in the tournament so far.

Leonardo Spinazzola pulled up with an achilles injury and not only will he miss the rest of Euro 2020, but he is unlikely to step foot on a football pitch again this year. His absence is a huge blow for Italy given the form he was in the competition. The Roma left-back had been brilliant before he was stretchered off in tears against Belgium. Emerson is expected to provide cover at left-back and Spain may target his rustiness.

Team formation:4-3-3

Italy possible starting lineup:

Forward: Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

Midfielders: Barella, Jorginho, Verratti

Defenders: Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson

Goalkeeper: Donnarumma

Spain

La Roja were back to their toothless best against Switzerland, scrapping past them on penalties after missing a host of chances, and coming up against an inspired Yann Sommer.Enrique says he is “proud” of his squad for reaching the semi-finals, but like the other three nations he doesn’t want the Euro run to end now.

They also have the backing of history behind them. Spain have won all four of their previous Euros semi-finals – in 1964, 1984, 2008 and 2012.

Spain winger Pablo Sarabia suffered an abductor strain in the quarter-final win against Switzerland and will miss the match at Wembley

Pau Torres replaced Eric García at the heart of the defence for that quarter-final in St Petersburg and the Villarreal man may keep his place alongside Aymeric Laporte.

Team formation:4-3-3

 

Spain possible starting lineup:\

Forward: Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

Midfielders: Koke/Llorente, Busquets, Pedri

Defenders: Azpilicueta, Eric García/ Torres, Laporte, Jordi Alba

Goalkeeper: Unai Simón

Head to head:

Italy wins: 9   Draws: 12   Spain wins: 12

Match prediction:

Italy 2-1 Spain (1.97)

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