England vs Italy: Preview and Predictions
England vs Italy
Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London).
Wembley will host the mouth-watering derby of the international teams of England and Italy on Tuesday evening. The Three Lions will head into it in much higher spirits since their rivals have failed to make it to Russia 2018 by failing to find the back of the net in two playoffs legs with Sweden (0-1 loss on aggregate).
The crowd thus won’t have the chance to watch the likes of Gianluigi Buffon or Ciro Immobile in Russia, unlike the fans in the English capital where Azzurri are to take on England in a friendly. Italy have also failed to produce in the final third on Friday evening when they fell 0-2 to Argentina (goals from Banega and Lanzini). The loss has marked Luigi Di Biagi’s debut on the bench of the Italian national side.
Italy will face huge troubles ending the dreadful run of form in the final third given they are now up against the super stern defensive line of England’s. The Three Lions have been super tough to break down under Gareth Southgate. They’ve only conceded three goals in ten qualifying games in the Group F and they haven’t shipped a single goal in last five games in all competitions. This includes back-to-back goalless draws with the likes of Germany and Brazil as well as the recent 0-1 win over Netherlands on Friday at Amsterdam ArenA.
England vs Italy: Head-to-head
Italy lead the H2H tie by three wins coming into 27th meeting with England.
Interestingly, each of last three H2H encounters have seen both teams on the scoreline.
Teams have drawn 1-1 when they last took on each other in a friendly played three years ago.
England vs Italy: Prediction
The Three Lions have been very tough to break down under Gareth Southgate and we simply have to back them to keep things quiet at the back against Italy who have been struggling for goals lately.
Since England will be without their top scorer Harry Kane, we will alternatively back the goalless draw at 7.50.