Tuesday 6th July, Euro 2020: 27/1 Italy vs Spain Bet Builder
Here we go then, the semi-finals of Euro 2020. Two heavyweights meet at Wembley and I can’t wait to see how this unfolds.
Italy to qualify – As I said earlier, I’m far from convinced by Spain. They gave away a 2 goal lead against Croatia, they looked average for long periods against Switzerland and were lacklustre in 2/3 group games. They’ve dominated the ball and created chances but as a Chelsea fan I know the pain in those chances falling to Alvaro Morata, he’s missed some guilt edge chances and been under severe scrutiny.
Spain look vulnerable in defence and they’re prone to an error. The Italians have done everything with such purpose so far and have torn down everyone in their path. They blitzed the groups, scoring 7 goals and conceding 0. With the likes of Insigne, Immobile and Jorginho all having great tournaments it’s hard to look past them as strong candidates to take the trophy home. Mancini’s man look full of confidence and I can’t see them stumbling at this late stage.
Marco Verratti to be booked – This has all the hallmarks of a feisty game, doesn’t it? These two sides are brimming with sh**houses, to put it bluntly. Verratti got a card every 1 in 3 league games last season and was also booked in 3/7 Champions League games for PSG. He was also carded in Italy’s last game. He ranks very high for tackles and fouls and will be tasked with trying to stop Spain’s talented midfielders from dominating the game. He’s got a real nasty streak in him and has a reputation for losing his cool, in such a high-pressure game we could see that side come out.
Sergio Busquets to be booked – Probably the first pick on most people’s bet builder, the veteran midfielder has always loved a card in his career. He’s never been the quickest and I can see him struggling to deal with Barella and Veratti and even more so when Insigne drifts in from wide areas. Busquets ranks right at the top end of fouls and bookings for his country and again, we all know what he can be like. He’ll do anything to win so except to see him catch the attention of the referee on numerous occasions.
Spain over 3.5 corners – Although Spain won’t dominate this one as much as other games, their corner stats are phenomenal and you’ve got to think is 4 really that much of an ask? Their 5 games at Euro 2020 have seen them take 6, 7, 7, 8 & 6 corners (not including ET). This is down to their overlapping fullbacks and desire to get the ball into wide areas to then try and pull the ball across the box or cut it back for an on-rushing midfielder. Italy also have the two no-nonsense merchants at centre half, any doubt and they’re getting it out of play which is great for this selection. Belgium also look to attack wide areas and racked up 9 corners in the loss to the Italians.