England will hope for their first win of the Nations League season against Italy on Saturday night.
The two European giants need no introduction as last summer’s Euro 2020 final result is still up in the air.
Now the two meet again at a different venue, with some new additions to their squads and in an international competition that has drawn mixed reactions from the football community.
Gareth Southgates The team had problems this month and a late draw Germany saved a point after losing in Hungary.
The Italians are top of the group after beating Hungary midweek, but Roberto Mancini is without several older players after failing to qualify World Championship. So here’s everything you need to know about the Three Lions vs. the Azzurri.
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Date and Time
England vs. Italy is coming up Saturday 11 June 2022 In the Molineux Stadium at Wolverhampton. The game starts at 7.45pm UK time.
how to see
The game will be broadcast live channel 4 for free. With Channel 4 acquiring English Nations League matches from Sky Sports, matches will be broadcast live on free-to-air TV until 2024.
Football fans can also watch the game live All 4 on a variety of devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets.
The main concern for England would be that of Kalvin Phillips, who was sent off in Munich with what the England boss describes as a dead leg injury.
Jack Grealish who was off the bench against Germany is likely to start at Molineux, while Phil Foden and Fikayo Tomoro are all hoping for a return from injury.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has also left the roster to head into the off-season after a long season Liverpool.
For Italy, Roberto Mancini finds himself in a predicament after dropping Ciro Immobile and failing to hit any of his forwards in the last three starts.
Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Belotti have been released from the Italy squad, joining those who were allowed to start their holidays earlier this month.
England forecast XI: Jordan Pickford, Reece James, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Conor Gallagher, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Jarrod Bowen, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish
Italy forecast XI: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Spinazzola, Nicolo Barella, Sandro Tonali, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Matteo Politano, Wilfried Gnonto, Giacomo Raspadori
head to head
Only one of England’s last nine meetings with Italy has resulted in a win.
England Wins: 8
Italy wins: 12
Here are the odds offered by different bookmakers:
To draw: 12/5
Prognosis: England 2 – 1 Italy
That was a tricky affair but England will most likely come into this game desperate for retaliation for their Euro 2020 final defeat, but whether they’re capable of that is given how tired they looked against Hungary and Germany a completely different question.
However, if Southgate gets his tactics right, his team will be more than capable of scoring, suggesting the prediction is in England’s favour.
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