Euro 2020 Final Tips – Sunday 11th July
Well, they have only gone and done it!
Gareth Southgate’s team have scraped through to the European Championship finals where they will face Roberto Mancini’s Italy team who are unbeaten in their last 34 matches, but who also rode their luck to come through their semi-final with Spain.
For me, the two best teams in the tournament have made it through, but a word of warning for England fans…
Our record against Italy in major finals tournaments is horrific!
We’ve played Italy at Euro 1980 (losing 1-0), the 1990 World Cup (losing 2-1), the 2012 European Championship (losing on penalties after a 0-0 draw) and the 2014 World Cup (losing 2-1).
So to say we are overdue a win against them in a major finals is an understatement.
Suffice to say, like most of the country, I can’t wait for Sunday’s game, and I have given you my as objective as possible tip for the game below.
Euro 2020 Final Tip: Sunday 11th July
For me, the two best teams in the tournament have made it through to the final and it promises to be a very exciting clash between two sides that are not as dissimilar tactically as you would expect.
Roberto Mancini’s Italy have played some fantastic attacking football in this tournament, notably when playing at home, but they rode their luck at times, especially in the semi final against Spain and while their back line is experienced, there is no doubt that they do lack a huge amount of pace.
Their attack though can be devastating and England manager Gareth Southgate will be well aware of that fact and as such, he could decide on a couple of tactical tweaks for the game. Midfield does look to be a key area with Rice and Wilson being potentially outnumbered by the trio of Italian players in midfield, which makes the roles of that third England midfielder, whoever it is, all the more important.
However, England have one massive advantage in that this game is at home and while their record against Italy is, well shocking to be frank, this team has taken great delight in taking records such as this and consigning them to the history books. They’ve won on penalties, they’ve beaten Germany in a major tournament, avenged a defeat to Croatia and who is to say they can’t get the better of Italy on Sunday?
I have a sneaky feeling that they may just do that, so I am backing the Three Lions to bring it home.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.