Italy vs Spain

1X2 / Moneyline
Pick: 1
Odds: 2.5
Stake: 1

Match date: 06/07/2021

Italy vs Spain will be playing their first semi final game. The venue will be Wembley. These sides met in Euro 2012 and Spain dominated the whole game winning 4-0. That timr though was different as Spain had players like Iniesta, Xavi who used to play tiki taka. Spain were the best side that time. Now, time have changed. Spain have a young team, full of inexperienced players. This time, Italy would dominate the game in my opinion. Italy deserved reaching the semi final but Spain haven't been that great. They drew most of their games. Spain used to be a team who rarely concede a goal but the retirement of Pique and injury of Ramos has really affected them. They have been conceding goals quite easily. I didn't understand how Croatia scored two goals in the last ten minutes in the second round. Croatia played poorly in the game but scored 3 against Spain. Mancini has changed Italy. He has a 32 game unbeaten streak. Italy used to be a team who play defensive football but they play attacking now and still manage to keep clean sheets after clean sheets. They conceded in last game, that was their only goal conceded before Full time this tournament. That too was a penalty.

The Azzuris would definitely miss Spinazolla who has been outstanding this tournament. He will have to Go Achiles Tendon surgery and would be out for many months. Emerson would be likely replacement who is not bad. Verrati also would be out because of knee issues and Locatelli would replace him, which would not harm Italy much because Locatelli already had two goals in first two games. 

Spain will miss their key player, Sarabia who in my opinion has been their best attacking player. He has scored two goals for Spain, he suffered a muscular injury against Switzerland. Olmo would be the replacement who has done well coming off the bench, but not when he started. So Spain definitely would have to worry on this. Another disadvantage on Spain I would like to speak on is the fatigue. Spain's both knockout games had extra time. Against Croatia, it was finished after extra time and against Switzerland, it went till penalties. 

The way I see this game, Italy would start strongly like they did against Belgium. They would lead by a goal probably before the break and would win maybe by two at the end. Spain would get few chances. Morata is Spain's striker who sometimes plays well sometimes misses sitters. Moreno hasn't got going either. 

Italy possible starting lineup:

Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

Spain possible starting lineup:

Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Torres, Morata, Olmo

I repeat, Italy gonna make things so hard for Spain and will revenge for 2012 here. A win for Italy. Odds of 2.5 do not look bad, they have value 

LOST Score: 1:1 Profit: -1
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  • 1
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan 05/07/2021 13:30:01
    In my prediction lineup, it should be Locatelli instead of Verrati. Verrati has been having knee problems, though he has played a couple of games but I personally feel Locatelli should be given a chance here and Verrati shouldn't be rushed on that much. He should rest this game or come from the bench