Both of these sides will have high hopes of winning the tournament, but if Italy are to stand any chance, they’ll need to beat the Germans and hope for a favour elsewhere. The pressure is on for a squad which contains AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and the highly rated trio of Daniele Rugani, Domenico Berardi and Federico Bernadeschi.
The table doesn’t make great reading for the Italians, who sit in third place behind the Czech Republic in Group C. As well as that, to progress, they’ll have to smash the Germans out of site to top the group, which could result in Germany going out, due to Slovakia’s six points and +3 goal difference.
It sounds more complicated than it actually is. The long and the short of it all is they need to score a hatful past a Germany side who are yet to concede in the group so far and have won both games.
They’ll also need the Czech’s to slip up against Denmark, who are the only team out of all 12 yet to pick up a point in the tournament, and the only side who haven’t scored in the tournament. It’ll need a massive swing. Still, at least this probably means that the Italians will go for it from the off. They’ll have to.
Germany have a plethora of talent, including the much coveted Max Meyer in midfield, where he’s likely to be joined with the brilliantly named Mahmoud Dahoud. New Bayern Munich signing Serge Gnabry is also expected to start in an attacking position.
Can Germany finally be breached at the weekend? We know those pesky Germans are pretty good at being efficient and getting the job done, but they will be tested against what looks – on paper at least – a pretty decent Italian attack.
What We Sayin’?
Expect goals. Italy need them and will also require a fast start if they are to stand any chance of progressing to the semi-finals stage. Double your money with a BTTS and over 2.5 Goals pick at 11/10.
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