Online free soccer predictions for Euro 2020
Just like any other time, Italy is among the biggest favorites to win the European Championship this summer. The Azzurri have reached the final twice in the last two decades – in 2000 and 2012, but they didn’t have enough luck to lift the trophy. Not it’s time for them to try again. Here are our best online free soccer predictions and our preview for this fabulous team.
Something really changed for the better when Roberto Mancini was appointed as the head coach of the Italian national team. This happened soon after Italy shockingly didn’t qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. The domestic Football Association knew very well that it’s time for a change and Mancini’s name came on the list. So far, it looks like a brilliant decision.
With Roberto Mancini at the helm, Italy is unbeaten since September 2018 when they lost for the last time against Portugal in the Nations League. After this, the Azzurri didn’t have any problems winning their European qualifying campaign, finishing first in their group with a perfect record of 10 wins from 10 matches played. All of this comes to tell you how much the Italian team improved since their new manager arrived.
Italy started their campaign with three consecutive wins in the World Cup qualifiers with the same result – 2-0. Bulgaria, Lithuania and Northern Ireland were the teams which got beaten.
In their first friendly game preparing for the Euro, Italy had an easy job against San Marino and won 7-0 in Cagliari. Matteo Pessina and Matteo Politano made solid performances and scored braces for the hosts. Of course, the result is not the most important thing here, as San Marino is not really the highest level of opposition. It was an opportunity for Mancini to see some players in action.
Recently Roberto Mancini announced his final squad for the European Championship. PSG’s Moise Kean was one of the players who got cut from the list, while some others like Gianluca Mancini, Matteo Pessina, and Matteo Politano won’t travel for the competition, too. The Italian team is in the same group with Turkey, Switzerland, and Wales, so they must be careful here – it looks like a tricky one. Italy will kick off its Euro 2020 campaign against Turkey on the opening day of the Euro. The game is going to be played at the Stadio Olimpico in the capital.
At this moment, Italy has some fine players in every area of the pitch, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise – this is one of the most significant countries in the history of football and four-time world champions. Now their goal is to win the European Championship for a second time after 1968.
Gianluigi Donnarumma is the obvious choice at the goalkeeper position, while Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, and Francesco Acerbi will be vital in defense with their experience. PSG’s Alessandro Florenzi and Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri could be put at the two flanks of the defensive line.
Chelsea’s Jorginho is ready to rock the midfield with the confidence of winning the Champions League just a few days ago, while Marco Verratti remains one of the key figures in this Italian squad. Despite his club PSG having a somewhat disappointing season in France, Verratti remains arguably one of the finest midfielders in the world right now. Inter Milan’s Stefano Sensi, Roma’s Bryan Cristante, and Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli are ready to help in the midfield area as well.
The Golden Boot winner Ciro Immobile is the target man in Italy’s attack. Lazio’s striker is a true predator in the penalty area, so Italy will try to use his skills in the best way possible. Immobile continues to score goals for fun, and he will be targeted all of the time by his teammates. At the same time, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne and Juventus’ Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi will try to support Immobile in the best way possible as second strikers and wingers. Especially Chiesa had some terrific season with Juve despite the Old Lady having a disappointing campaign as well. He will be vital for Italy’s creativity in attack as he’s fast and technical – an excellent player.
Italy will play just one more friendly game before the beginning of the European Championship. On June 4, the Azzurri will face the Czech Republic in Bologna. This is going to be a general repetition before the start of the competition, so most likely, Roberto Mancini will put his primary starting eleven on the pitch.
For the last time, Italy played at the Euros in 2016 when they reached the 1/4-finals of the competition in France. Then managed by Antonio Conte, the Italians made an excellent performance against Germany but had to leave the tournament after penalties. Matteo Darmian missed his penalty kick, and this secured the win for the Mannschaft.
Italy is perfectly aware that they have to redeem themselves to the fans after failing to qualify for the previous World Cup. While presenting his squad for the competition, Roberto Mancini promised Italy would give its all at the Euros. Some might say that this version of the Italian team does not have any huge world-class stars, especially compared to some of the other teams, but what Mancini managed to do might be even more important – creating a real team with some terrific team chemistry.
That’s the best online free soccer predictions for what we expect from Italy at the European Championship this summer. Favorites or maybe dark horses – that’s a good question when discussing the Azzurri and their current version. The first goal in front of Italy is reaching the knockout phase, and we will see what comes after that. Yes, Italy does not have Del Piero, Totti, Inzaghi, or Pirlo at the moment, but they still have a good enough team to reach the final eventually. Their manager knows very well what he’s doing, and there’s some hunger in the group, too. Don’t write Italy off – it could be a huge mistake.