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Prediction: England U19’s vs Italy U19’s

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 27 Jun 2022

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Verdict: England U19’s win

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

With a spot in the final of this summer’s under 19’s European Championships, England will meet Italy at the NTC Senec in Slovakia on Tuesday afternoon.

England U19’s

Starting with England, managing to sign off their group stage campaign with a deserved 1-0 victory against Israel last weekend, the Three Lions have continued to shine this summer. With many tipping Ian Foster’s starlets as one of the standout picks heading into this year’s European Championships, the Whites have really impressed at both ends of the pitch. Opening up their Group B adventure with a statement as they clinched a 2-0 win against Serbia, England are in the midst of a stellar purple patch. Along with winning each of their three matchups this summer by an aggregate score of 7-0, Foster’s high-flying squad have also won their previous seven outings on the spin. Likewise, enjoying an unbeaten run that stems all the way back to a friendly defeat against Belgium back in October, the Three Lions will be looking to lay down another marker on Tuesday afternoon in Slovakia.

Team News

Given a rest over the weekend and an unused against Israel, Tottenham’s Dane Scarlett will be hoping for a full recall here.

However, after bagging the winner against Israel only a few days ago, Manchester City starlet Liam Delap has given Foster quite the headache.

Italy U19’s

As for Italy, while the Blues might have managed to book their semi-final ticket, they could only sign off their Group A run with what was a worrying display. Eventually getting blown away at the hands of France and hit with a morale-denting 4-1 drumming, Head Coach Carmine Nunziata also saw his side’s eye-catching winning run come to an abrupt end. Opening this summer’s tournament with back-to-back victories against Slovakia and Romania, Friday’s hammering was the first matchup that the Azzurri have tasted from their last seven outings. Although the Blues might be desperate to claim their first U19’s European Championships crown since 2003, Italy will be worried by their most recent meeting against Tuesday’s opponents. When the two sets of youngsters faced off in a friendly showdown last year, England picked up a 2-0 victory. Likewise, it should also be noted, Nunziata’s squad have managed to win just one of their five meetings against the Three Lions.

Team News

All given a rest against France last weekend, it is expected that the likes of Samuel Giovane Giovanni Fabbain, Daniele Ghilardi and Marco Nasti will return to Nunziata’s starting XI.

Bagging a consolation strike against France, his second of the tournament, Cristian Volpato will spearhead Italy’s charge.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in a friendly contest last year, England picked up a 2-0 victory.
    • The Three Lions have on their three European Championships matchups by an aggregate score of 7-0.
    • Italy’s 4-1 loss against France last weekend was their first defeat from their last seven matchups across all formats.
    • England have won each of their last seven straight contests across all formats.
    • Italy have managed to win just one of their five meetings against Tuesday’s opponents.

    Conclusion

    Storming their way to the semi-finals of this summer’s tournament with what has been a real flurry, many back home are expecting England to claim their second U19’s crown. Winning each of their three Group B contests by an aggregate score of 7-0, the Three Lions should find the mood in their squad at a real high. Watching Italy get hit with a worrying 4-1 drumming at the hands of France, Foster’s side will be looking to pounce. Likewise, landing a 2-0 win when the two sides faced off last year in a friendly contest, it should also be noted that England have lost just one of their five meetings against the Azzurri.

    Verdict: England U19’s win

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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