Italy vs England
Date: 23 March 2023, Thursday
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona (Naples).
Italy and England will raise the curtain on the new EURO qualifying campaign with a mouth-watering clash of the titans on Thursday evening at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples.
The two continent’s heavyweights have locked horns quite frequently in recent years. Italy have been the more successful outfit in these matchups, winning both the previous EURO final at Wembley (on penalties) as well as the latest UEFA Nations League clash.
Italy missed the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and will desperately want to get off to a positive start to the upcoming qualifying campaign.
Head coach Roberto Mancini has made some interesting call-ups, including the likes of Mateo Retegui and Alessandro Buongiorno, each of whom are set to make their debut appearances for the national side.
Italy have won their respective Nations League group with three wins, two draws, and one defeat in six clashes against Hungary, Germany, and England. It is, however, worth noting they fell 2-0 away at Austria in the latest friendly in November last year.
England, on the other side, return to action for the first time since the 1-2 defeat at the hands of France in the World Cup quarterfinal.
Gareth Southgate’s men showed some great attacking displays in December in Qatar, bagging at least three goals in three of the opening four outings at the World Cup.
Italy vs England Head-to-head
- Italy are unbeaten in the last six head to head encounters with the Three Lions.
- Four of the previous five H2H meetings between these counterparts ended without a winner.
- We did not see three or more goals in any of the previous five head to head affairs between these heavyweights.
Italy vs England Prediction
Recent head to head tradition points towards a low-scoring scenario on Thursday in Naples. The Under 2.5 goals FT pick is well worth backing at the odds of 1.66.
As for the outcome, the draw is the most likable of three given it occurred in four of the last five head to head outings. The braver punters can chase the correct score bet and go for the 1-1 stalemate at the odds of 6.00.
Italy vs England Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.66 (4/6)
Correct Score: Draw 1-1 @ 6.00 (5/1) odd.