Italy and England face off on Thursday in the UEFA European Qualifiers at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. When these two teams faced off on September 23rd it was Italy that secured the 1-0 victory.
Italy vs England Odds
Italy is the slight underdog sitting at +180 while England is the underdog sitting at +150. The total in this game sits at 2.5 goals with the over paying out at +125.
Italy Betting Preview
Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup, but there is still hope that this time can still find European success. In November of 2022, Italy faced off against Austria and they really struggled on the way to a 2-0 defeat. On November 16th they faced off against Albania and they were able to secure a 3-1 victory. Italy is dealing with many injuries heading into the next couple of games. Federico Chiesa, Federico Dimarco, and goalkeeper Ivan Provedel have already withdrawn from the team because of injuries. Mateo Retegui is someone that could move into the starting lineup. Retegui is young, but he’s going to need to have a big game here.
England Betting Preview
On the other side of this matchup is England who made it all the way to the World Cup Quarterfinals before they were defeated 2-1 at the hands of France. England had 58 percent of the possession and eight shots on target. The only goal was scored by Harry Kane by a penalty kick in the 54th minute. Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, and Nick Pope have all been hurt and won’t be able to go in this game. Ivan Toney has dealt with some controversy off the pitch, but he’s able to go, and he could be featured in this game. Harry Kane is also just one goal away from becoming England’s leading goalscorer.
Shane’s Free Pick
I expect this game to be higher scoring. Even without some of the key players, England’s offense is going to find success, and they will also score a couple of goals. Italy two games ago scored three goals, and I expect they are going to find success here. Italy will also find a way to score at least a goal, and I think they will score two or three goals. Back the over 3.5 goals to cash here.