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England v Italy

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England v Italy
European Championship U21, International
asian handicap England, DNB 2.175 Bet at B
Betting prediction was written by Ronny

England v Italy predictions (U21)

The UEFA Under 21 European Championship is taking place in Israel.

England and Stuart Pearce are bringing a solid squad allthough wingers Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) as well as Luke Shaw (S'Hampton), Andros Townsend (Spurs) and Callum McManaman (Wigan) miss this Championship. Included in the squad is the excellent keeper Jack Butland of Stoke City, Defenders Danny Rose of Spurs, Andre Wisdom and Jak Robinson of Liverpool. In midfield Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey of Liverpool are called up as well as Josh McEachran of Chelsea and winger Tom Ince of Blackpool. Up front England will be loooking to super talent Wilfried Zaha of Man United, Nathan Delfounseo (Villa) and Connor Wickham of Sunderland for goals.

Devis Mangia, coach of the Italian team has some aces up his sleeve too in: Francesco Bardi in goal (Novara) is a capable keeper who had a great season, and played 37 matches for his Serie B club. Marco Capuano is a good defender who played for troubled Pescara in the Serie A. Matteo Biancetti is another talented defender (Hellas Verona). He, and his club got promoted to the Serie A this season. In midfield Marco Verrati steals the limelight. Tipped a world super star he now plays for PSG. Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli is another player to watch out for. I'd say the same about Genoa's Andrea Bertolacci who got four goals for Genoa this season. Up front Destro of Roma is the biggest name. Fabio Borini of Liverpool, Manolo Gabbialdini (Bologna, Top Scorer in the Qualification) and Ciro Immobile (Genoa) are  also very capable players that can shine for the Italians!

Betting tips

Both sides impressed in Qualification. England were solid throughout, and Italy who weren't even qualified last time around showed some real flair going forward. England probably has the best defense of the two player for player. Italy is better equipped up front. In midfield both sides look solid to me. England is perhaps slightly better defensively there while Italy again has a bit more flair. I am sure both sides will try to play to their strengths. In a championship setting where the going is going to get very tough this looks tight.

Italy are narrow favorites here, probably due to their goal scoring abilities, but for me this game is wide open. Italy will try to bring the game to the really solid English defense, but looks vulnerable at the back. If England can get Ince and Zaha running at the Italian defenders on counter attacks they'll create havoc. If England tries to soak up too much pressure Italy is bound to get a goal sooner or later.

1x2 betting tips

On the 1X2 my betting tips is the draw! Priced at 3.20 (11/5) with BET365 it stands out as value. I don't see thins English side conceding more than one, maximum two, and they're more than capable of getting a goal or two themselves.

Total Goals betting tips

I also will go with the Under 2.5 priced at 1.61 (61/100). England has made a habbit of low scoring games, and allthough Italy has attacking quality they here meet a side that really knows how to defend.

Asian Handicap betting tips

On the Asian Line I go with BET365's 2.175 for England, Draw No Bet. I just think one puts too much weight on the flair of this Italian side. England is the best defense they've been up against in a long while, and it's not like England doesn't have players who can score either. Great price!

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