Competition: International Friendly
Market: England to beat Italy
Odds: 11/10 @ Bet365
After qualifying top of Group F without losing a single match, all eyes will once again be turned to Gareth Southgate’s England side as the three lions once again put the final touches to their preparations. on Friday, England will host an Italy side who won’t be traveling to the World Cup finals since 1958.
As for Gareth Southgate’s England side, the three lions have continued their trend of testing themselves against the international elite. In their last two outings, Southgate has seen his side come away with impressive back to back 0-0 draws with Brazil and reigning World Cup winners Germany. Qualifying top of Group F, not only did England go the whole group stage without losing a single matchup, they also finished with both the best defensive and attacking record in the whole of Group A. Most recently coming off the back of a 1-0 win away to Holland last weekend, Southgate’s side have now not conceded a single goal in their last five appearances and are now unbeaten in their last seven.
As for Italy, after sacking Gian Piero Ventura, the 2006 World Cup winners are now without a permanent replacement and are drastically looking to rebuild after failing to make it to back to back major tournaments. Coming away with a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden in the playoffs, this will be the first time since 1958 that the four-time winners have not qualified for the finals. Their recent form has also shown no signs of exciting Italian fans, Italy are now three matches without a win and are traveling to London after suffering a 2-0 defeat away to Argentina.
Bet: England to beat Italy in Tuesday international friendly 11/10 @ Bet365>>
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