It all comes down to this as Italy take on England in the eagerly anticipated Euro 2020 final. Italy have impressed throughout the competition, ever since their opening day win over Turkey – whilst England have dealt with expectation for the first time in a few generations and have reached their first major tournament final for 55 years.
UEFA Euro 2020 Final Picks
Italy vs England – Wembley Stadium, London
Match Winner Odds:
Italy – $3.12
England – $2.74
Draw – $3.05
It has been a tournament to remember for Roberto Mancini and his Italy team. Few sides have displayed the fluency and attacking prowess that Italy have so far at Euro 2020, and they have beaten some excellent sides to reach the final. They secured maximum points in a group featuring Wales, Turkey, and Switzerland before edging out Austria in extra time in the last 16. They then showed big game intuition to edge out Belgium before overcoming Spain on penalties in the semi-final. Roberto Mancini will have been pleased to see his side dig deep to win that one, with the likes of Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne impressing in attacking areas too. The stakes could not be higher for the Azzuri here at Wembley and they will be looking to secure their second European Championship – having last lifted the trophy back in 1968.
Wembley will play host to England in a major tournament for the first time since 1966 and the nation is at fever pitch. Gareth Southgate’s men were resilient in the group stages, beating Croatia and the Czech Republic as well as drawing with old foes Scotland. Perhaps the defining moment of the campaign came with a 2-0 win over Germany, which was backed up by a hugely impressive 4-0 triumph over Ukraine. They rode their luck at times to beat Denmark in the semi-finals but look to be ready to end their 55-year hoodoo. Playing in front of 60,000 ‘home’ fans will certainly benefit England at Wembley and they will be hoping to give the nation a much needed boost.
Odds and Predictions
Even though the stakes could not be higher in this one, goals look to be on the agenda for both sides of late.
Both teams to score – YES – $2.2
Harry Kane is prolific in England colours and with the Tottenham man having netted the winner against Denmark, he should be full of confidence here.
Harry Kane to score anytime – $2.75
There is very little to separate these sides on paper and with so much on the line, extra time could well be the only way to settle this one.
The match to go to extra time – YES – $6.00
Italy 1 – 1 England – $7.00
Both sides will be coming into this one full of confidence and becoming a European Champion is only surpassed by winning the World Cup. There is very little to split these two teams, who both like to get the ball down and play. Wembley will be rocking, and that raucous atmosphere could prove to be the difference and England could well be the team to lift the trophy and end 55 years of major tournament pain.
England to lift the Euro 2020 trophy – $1.87
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