Stadium: Wembley, London, England.
Italy and Spain will clash in the Euro 2020 semi-final. Who will be stronger and reach the final? Let us discuss the teams’ form and recommend the best bets. We have several options for betting at once!
Praised by absolutely all fans and experts, the Italian national team is on its way to the long-awaited trophy. The Italians show great football and have had no problems except for the last 16 stages. It all started with the opening game against Turkey, where the Italians made it clear to the world that they were earnest about this tournament (3-0). Their ambition was boosted once again with a 3-0 thrashing of Switzerland before a 1-0 win over Wales.
It all could have come to a head just in the last 16, with Roberto Mancini’s side facing a modest Austria. It was a bit of a surprise to see such a picture. Still, the Squadra Azzurra, who successfully made it out of the group, couldn’t do anything about the Austrians and risked being eliminated had Marko Arnautovic not gone into an offside position. However, Italy got the better of them, albeit in extra time (2-1). In the quarter-finals, they had to face one of the tournament’s main favorites, Belgium, the first team in the FIFA rankings. A hard-fought victory, but a very deserved one. The Italians were very good, and in this match, they proved that they had matured and were capable of becoming triumphant.
Few expected to see Spain at such a high stage. It is undoubtedly a top team, but the years have taken their toll, so now only the name is left of that very La Roja. The squad itself has no stars and is unlikely to be capable of triumph. We had seen this during the first two games of Euro 2020 when the Spaniards played out a draw against Sweden (0-0) and Poland (1-1). Then, the team finally broke through and demolished Slovakia (5-0), leaving the group in second place.
In the last 16, Luis Enrique’s charges had to face Croatia, who had been unimpressed in the group stage. The game was a fiery affair, with 3-3 in regulation time as the Croats came back from 1-3 down in the closing stages. In extra time, Spain got the better of Croatia, scoring two goals (5-3). Then it was Switzerland, who had previously achieved the tournament’s biggest sensation and knocked out France. They managed to beat the Swiss team in a penalty shoot-out. The normal time ended 1-1, with Switzerland trailing by 77 minutes, but with 43 minutes left (the end of the normal and 30 minutes of extra time), 11 Spaniards could not break through an already tired ten Swiss. A starless and unimpressive team looks set to finish off their Euro 2020 games.
Expert Betting Tips
The Italians’ victory over the Belgians was somewhat of a turning point. After the Squadra Azzurra knocked out the world’s No. 1 team, Spain seem like a joke. Such a modest team made it to the semi-finals can already be considered a great success for them, so today, we suggest just betting on Roberto Mancini’s team reaching the final for 1.74.
We also advise taking a closer look at the bet on Italy’s victory in normal time. Yes, the Italians will have difficulties, but who can be without them in the semi-finals? Another thing is that this team is very balanced and seems to be ready for triumph. They may solve all the issues at the end of 90 minutes, or maybe everything will be evident even earlier. The odds for Italy to win in normal time are around 2.54.
In conclusion, I would like to single out the Italian national team forward Ciro Immobile. Ciro got off to a great start at Euro 2020 as he scored goals against the Turks and Swiss, rested in the game with the Welsh, but he didn’t show much promise in the play-offs. He will get a lot of attention today and should earn his loan. If Ciro Immobile himself can handle pressure, it would be logical to expect some action from him. A great option is to bet on his goal for an excellent odds of around 2.99.