It’s a veritable ‘Battle of the Alps’ here when Italy take on Switzerland in Group A of Euro 2020 in Rome on June 17.
What a huge tournament this is for Italy. Their current crop of players were regarded as a national embarrassment for failing to qualify for World Cup 2018, and so they have many wrongs to right on home soil this summer.
After falling to their lowest world ranking in history, changes were made. Roberto Mancini was appointed head coach, and he has set about integrating a younger set of players into the national team – based on their performances in qualifying, that certainly appears to be working.
As for Switzerland, they too have been making steady progress. Having reached the Round of 16 at the World Cup of 2018, they thrashed Belgium and Iceland on their way to the Nations League semi-finals, and then they qualified for Euro 2020 by topping a group that included the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.
Like Mancini, the Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic has gotten his side playing winning football.
Based on reputation alone, some bettors will be blindly backing Italy to win this game at the Stadio Olimpico, but we have already seen in this Italy vs Switzerland preview that we should not be writing off the Swiss quite yet.
The bookies tend to play the percentages in their prices – that’s their job after all, and so it’s no surprise to see the ‘home’ team listed as the favourites for this match in the Italy vs Switzerland betting odds. You can back them at 1.85.
But as we will find out in our Italy vs Switzerland predictions below, there may just be a case for backing the Swiss in one way or another.
They are available at odds of 4.8, and the draw can be backed at 3.33.
2. Italy vs Switzerland Betting Predictions
For years, Italy were considered a dour but successful team based upon their defensive principals – aided by the employment of conservative managers like Antonio Conte.
But in handing the top job to a more flamboyant character like Mancini, Italy can look forward to a more adventurous style of play.
It certainly seemed to work in qualifying anyway, where the Azzurri blasted 37 goals in their ten matches – albeit 20 of those came in three matches alone against weak opposition.
The fact is that we haven’t see the Italians really tested competitively in quite some time, with Finland and Greece being the toughest teams in their group.
This is a youthful Italian team too, with younger players with only a handful of caps likely to man the midfield areas with Leonardo Bonucci marshalling the defence. In attack, Ciro Immobile is enjoying another goal-laden season, and he will be supplied by the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernadeschi.
But it’s not a side blessed with obvious goalscorers – Immobile aside, and Switzerland, who conceded just six goals in qualifying, may just fancy their chances of blanking the Italians out.
The Swiss squad is not blessed with world-class stars, but plenty of their players still catch the eye nonetheless. Manuel Akanji is blossoming at Borussia Dortmund, while Dennis Zakaria is part of an exciting revolution at Borussia Monchengladbach. In attack, Haris Seferovic seems to perform much better for the national side than at club level, while Xherdan Shaqiri has that X Factor that can lead to a moment of magic.
One thing that is for sure is that Italy will surely not have things all their own way here.
3. Italy vs Switzerland Betting Tips
This is one of those rare occasions when there is no value in taking the Italy win but then there is no great opportunity to backing the Swiss to claim victory either.
The draw at 3.33 certainly holds some appeal, but our Italy vs Switzerland betting tips take on a different look to normal.
If you bet with a bookmaker that offers Asian Handicap betting – there’s plenty listed at BonusCodes that do, then we recommend taking the Switzerland +1.00: this will pay out as a winner if the Swiss win or draw, and we will get a stake refund if they lose by a single goal.