It is high time to check Wales vs Italy predictions as the date when Italy, a strong favourite with odds of 1.53, will once again have the opportunity to shine on home soil while entertaining Wales at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome is approaching.
Despite being one of the most successful teams in international football history, the past few years have seen a real slump from the Italians, and the hope from their perspective is that Euro 2020 is the tournament where they can go a seriously long way into proceedings.
They have a new head coach in Roberto Mancini, and he has already overseen a transition in playing style from the defensive ‘catenaccio’ style that has been their trademark to a more vibrant, attacking philosophy.
Mancini has also brought in a number of younger players, and Italian fans will be hoping that the new generation can bring with them plenty of success. So far, during Euro 2020, they have won the two matches: the opening one with Turkey - 3-0 and the one with Switzerland - 3-0, which proves that enumerating them among the tournament favourites is completely justified. That is why they are mentioned also in our article regarding Euro 2020 / 2021 final predictions and betting odds and picks.
As for Wales, they used to have a legendary player-turned-coach looking to push them forward, however, due to the recent charges that he has faced, the Football Association of Wales has confirmed that he won't lead the Welsh team during Euro 2020 matches.
Nevertheless, the solid, hard-working squad complimented by the elite-level talent of Gareth Bale, will be looking to replicate their efforts from Euro 2016, where they reached the semi-finals. So far, they drew with Wales (1-1) and won with Turkey (2-0).
This unique tournament sees a handful of teams enjoying home advantage in their matches, and it will come as no surprise to learn that the hosts are, more often than not, the favourites with the bookmakers to prevail.
And that is the case here in the Wales vs Italy betting odds, with the hosts priced at 1.53 and the visitors farther back at 7.00. The draw is available at 3.90.
The signs in qualifying and the tournament so far were incredibly positive for Italy.
They finished top of their group with ten straight wins, scoring an incredible 37 goals along the way. Yes, some of their opposition was below-par, but you can only beat what is put in front of you.
So far, Euro 2020 has been very successful for the Italian squad. In the opening match, they scored three goals winning the game 3-0 with Turkey. Similarly, their meeting with Switzerland ended with the same result.
On paper, this is not the strongest Italian squad in history, and yet Mancini has them playing winning football. This could be the last major tournament for Leonard Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and goal machine Ciro Immobile, but for others – from Gianluigi Donnarumma to Nicolo Barella and Federico Chiesa – this is just the beginning of what could be a successful future.
We have so many options in attack. We must try to give 100 per cent in every game. There's another important test coming up [against Wales] and we will aim to win that too. - Domenica Berardi, Italy-Switzerland post-match conference, UEFA official website
In contrast, Wales scraped through their qualifying campaign by just one point from Slovakia and two ahead of Hungary, and while they played well in front of their own supporters they were suspect on the road – which they will be here in Italy.
Other than Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, this Welsh squad generally plays its club football at the lower level of the English Premier League and the Championship, and so it is expected that they will struggle here. And despite the fact that they haven't lost any of their two matches during Euro 2020, still, it's Italy who is considered to be the favourite for the match on June 20.
The only thing going for Wales here is that they are defensively resolute and well-drilled, which is an overspill from their successful Euro 2016 campaign.
The Italian squad features plenty of technically proficient players but – Immobile aside – not many natural goalscorers, and referring back to their qualification campaign it’s worth noting that in their goal-heavy campaign nearly two-thirds of their haul came against the woeful Liechtenstein and Armenia.
These ideas feed nicely into our Wales vs Italy betting tips, where we’re expecting the hosts to win a low-scoring encounter, however, taking into consideration their two Euro matches played so far, it can't be considered as a sure bet as well.