Italy vs Spain 07/06/2021 – The first semi-final of the UEFA Euro 2020 is the 38th edition of the storied Gli Azzuri-La Roja rivalry with one team getting their 12th win in this matchup. Kickoff is set on Tuesday, July 6, 3:00 PM ET at the Wembley Stadium in London. ESPN will broadcast the semi-final showdown on live television while SofaScore will feature the game via live stream. The Italian team is coming off a 2-1 victory over Belgium to extend their unbeaten run to 32 games while Spain needed penalties to defeat Switzerland. Soccer oddsmakers believe that Italy is slightly favored to win the game against Spain and qualify in the Euro 2020 final.
Italy vs Spain 07/06/2021
|When:||Tuesday, July 6, 3:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England|
Gli Azzurri is looking for their sixth-straight victory in the Euro and a place in the final. Against Belgium in the quarter-final, the Italians struck early, courtesy of Nicolo Barella’s successful strike past the half-hour mark. Lorenzo Insigne then curled home another goal one minute before half-time to make it a 2-0 ballgame. However, the lead was chopped into the half when Giovanni Di Lorenzo shoved Jeremy Doku in the first-half stoppage time. Romelu Lukaku converted the penalty to help the Belgians cut the deficit to 1-2.
In the second half, Belgium provided the Italians some anxious moments as Lukaku tried to will his team to another goal but were denied by Italy’s defense. Doku had his attempts to tie the game but missed every try, giving Italy the victory and a ticket to the semifinals. Gli Azzurri will depend on Insigne’s goal-scoring abilities with Ciro Immobile, Matteo Pessina, and Manuel Locatelli helping him. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will lead the Italians in defense along with top defender Leonardo Bonucci, who has appeared in all of Italy’s matches in the Euro.
Players to Watch: Ciro Immobile (2 goals, 1 assist); Lorenzo Insigne (2 goals); Matteo Pessina (2 goals); Manuel Locatelli (2 goals); Nicolo Barella (1 goal, 2 assists).
Spain kicked off the Euro with two draws against Poland and Sweden. With their backs against the wall, the Spanish XI got their acts together and secured a 5-0 victory against Slovakia. This placed La Roja in the knockout stages and resumed their offensive outburst with a 5-3 win over Croatia in the last 16. In the quarter-finals, the Spanish squad was tested by Switzerland and ended up 1-1 after 120 minutes of action.
The match went into penalty kicks and Spain secured a spot in the semi-finals with a 3-1 win over the Swiss XI. La Roja will depend on the offense of Ferran Torres, Pablo Sarabia and Alvaro Morata. Unai Simon will lead the Spanish team’s defense and will need to be a bigger guy against a loaded Italian squad if he wants his team to win. Pau Torres, Jordi Alba and Aymeric Laporte are expected to help Simon in defense.
Players to Watch: Ferran Torres (2 goals, 1 assist); Pablo Sarabia (2 goals, 1 assist); Alvaro Morata (2 goals); Dani Olmo (2 assists); Gerard Moreno (2 assists).
Italy vs Spain Betting Numbers
Summary: Online soccer betting predictions slightly favor Italy to win the game against Spain in the big-time clash. Initial odds have it even between the two sides, but the Italians have enough tools to capture the victory against the Spaniards, who need to score early to outclass their foes. Previous head-to-head matches suggest a close match as five of the last six matches ending up with a maximum of two goals. The last match held in Madrid in September 2017 saw Spain running over Italy, 3-0. But in a neutral setting like the 2016 Euro in France, it was the Italians who won over Spain, 2-0. It will be a close call but whoever starts well early has the better chance of winning the game.
Moneyline: Italy is a slight favorite in the game with a +155 moneyline while Spain holds a +200 moneyline for this match. A draw would merit a +210 moneyline for this game.
Pick: Italy will win the match against Spain and qualify for the EURO 2020 final, 2-1.