Italy vs England 03/31/2015 International Soccer Preview, Pick and Prediction
England vs Italy
Tuesday 31st March 2015 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Italy 6/4 Draw 11/5 England 11/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: UTV, ESPN
A glamour fixture in the friendlies on Tuesday night will see England take on Italy in the Juventus Stadium. England come into this game having won six matches in a row and look like a completely different team to the one that struggled in the World Cup. Wayne Rooney has been excellent as captain and will start on Tuesday alongside the inform Harry Kane who will get his first competitive start for England. Kane scored after 80 seconds of his debut on Saturday against Lithuania. Roy Hodgeson has turned things around and while some of his squad selection may have been a little loyalty over form I think that in general Hodgeson has put the right eleven on the field since the disappointment of the World Cup.
Italy struggled mightily at the weekend against a Bulgaria side that are seen as a rebuilding. Antonio Conte's side have some talent through it's ranks but struggled defensively at the weekend which is very unusual for an Italian side. In the World Cup Italy beat England 2-1 with Balotelli scoring the winner, the Liverpool striker is currently injured but probably wouldnt have made the squad on form. With Zaza, Pelle, Immobile and Gabbiadini up top Italy have an inexperienced group and may struggle against Englands physical defence.
I like England tonight, I know it is away and England often struggle against the so called "better"teams in Europe but I think that England have shown some terrific form of late and at 11/5 they look the value bet here. I'm taking England on the handicap and will spread a little on the money line as well.