On Wednesday, Italy and their local rivals Switzerland will face off at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, after impressing the rest of the continent with their opening victory. After a disheartening draw with Wales in Group A, Switzerland is looking for their first win of Euro 2020, while the Azzurri simply need a point to qualify. Here is our expert guess on Italy vs Switzerland prediction and lineup.
Italy lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Alessandro Florenzi has been ruled out of Wednesday’s match against Switzerland after suffering a calf injury in their 3-0 win over Turkey. Giovani Di Lorenzo from Napoli is slated to fill in at right-back.
Manuel Locatelli failed to take his chance in midfield in Italy’s group opener and could be substituted in central midfield for Wednesday’s match. Marco Verratti remains a question mark as he recovers from a knee injury.
Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi, from Juventus, are vying to replace Domenico Berardi in attack, but Roberto Mancini may stick with the same front three following their 3-0 win against Turkey.
Switzerland lineup: Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Schar; Mbabu, Xhaka, Freuler, Rodriguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic
Breel Embolo started up front against Wales, and it proved to be the right selection, as he scored and was named WhoScored Man of the Match.
Gladbach’s Denis Zakaria is considered to be included in the starting XI by Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic.
For the match against Italy, Haris Seferovic is unlikely to be dropped, but he must improve after missing several decent chances against Wales.
In the opener of the football tournament, Italy kicked off Euro 2020 with a 3-0 victory over Turkey. In the first match, Switzerland had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Wales after several squandered opportunities.
The last three matches between these two countries have ended in draws, the most recent of which occurred in 2010.
Italy is well-versed in patient probing, and not only do they have Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne to open the most tightly-bolted back door, but they can also rely on electrifying winger Federico Chiesa to make the difference if necessary.
Our Prediction: Italy 2-0 Switzerland
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