Is it coming home for real this time?
We’ll find out soon enough as Italy and England go head-to-head on Sunday in the final of a pulsating European Championships.
We’re back with our Euro 2020 betting tips as England look to make history at Wembley…
Sunday 11th July, 20:00
EUROS FINAL PREVIEW – ITALY VS ENGLAND BETTING
So, after a whistlestop tour of 11 cities, 140 goals, 50 matches, and one adorable little car, it all comes down to one match for England as they bid to end 55 years of hurt on Sunday night.
Gareth Southgate’s men are now 81/100 to cap off a memorable tournament by lifting the trophy on home turf.
England rode their luck at times against Denmark to secure their spot in the final, in a performance lacking the fluency of their earlier tournament outings.
Kasper Hjulmand’s tactics to spoil the party at Wembley were successful for the most part as the Danes disrupted the hosts’ rhythm in midfield, with Mikkel Damsgaard’s 30th minute free-kick opener putting the hosts on the back foot for the first time at this tournament.
Harry Kane made amends for his weak 104th-minute penalty by pouncing first to secure England’s winner against Denmark, his fourth strike of the tournament.
If the England captain needed any extra incentive to land his first major honour, two goals in the final, or a goal and two assists, would see him wrestle the Golden Boot from Cristiano Ronaldo.
England’s talisman is a 23/5 chance to open the scoring in the final and usurp Gary Lineker’s long-standing national record for most goals in major tournaments (10).
While Sunday will represent uncharted waters for Southgate’s young lions and the hordes of England fans tuning in around the country, finals appearances are a force of habit for the Italians.
🇮🇹 Italy vs England 🏴 Preview | Match Facts
- Italy won the last tournament meeting between the nations, a 2-1 group stage win at the 2014 World Cup.
- England have waited 55 years to appear in a major final after winning the 1966 World Cup. That’s the longest gap any European nation has had to wait between two finals appearances.
- Jordan Pickford went 725 minutes before conceding his first goal of the tournament against Denmark – a new tournament record. The Everton ‘keeper has already won the Golden Glove.
This will be Italy’s 10th major tournament final appearance, and the Azzurri will also have a redemption mission in mind here having come up short in two Euros finals since the millennium, losing 2-1 on the golden goal rule against France at Euro 2000 and collapsing against Spain’s golden generation in a 4-0 defeat at Euro 2012.
While England’s wait for any trophy stretches back 55 years, it’s now 53 years since Italy’s last success in this competition, with their sole tournament win to date coming at Euro 1968.
Roberto Mancini will be hoping his weary backline can return to the impenetrable form they displayed in the group stages after seeing his side concede in every round of the knockout stages, but it’s their potency on the counter that could be their best weapon should England be wasteful in the final third on Sunday.
Federico Chiesa notched his second goal of the tournament with his stunning opener against Spain, and the lively 23-year-old is 4/1 to net any time here and help an Italian side unbeaten in 33 games play pantomime villains in North London.
Given the breakneck schedule most elite level European footballers have had to face over the last 18 months, it’s perhaps unsurprising exactly half of the knockout games at this tournament have gone the distance, including both semis.
It’s 21/10 for Italy and England to serve up another 120-minute nail-biter this weekend.
Finally, could an own goal ultimately decide this contest?
If the ‘OG’ was a player, he’d be running away with this summer’s Golden Boot.
Simon Kjaer was the latest victim in the semi-finals as he deflected the ball into his own net to put England on level terms against Denmark. There have now been 11 own goals at this tournament – more than double the tally provided by the two highest-scoring players (Ronaldo and Schick) and it’s 71/10 for another one to help sign off this tournament.
Prediction: ITALY 0-1 ENGLAND (AET)
Euros Odds | Italy vs England Betting
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change; all tips and odds shown based on 90 minutes play unless otherwise stated.
Euro 2020 Winner Odds
Home advantage sees England start as 81/100 favourites in the Euros outright winner market, while Italy are evens to spoil the party at Wembley Stadium.
- England – 81/100
- Italy – Evens
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.