Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Italy will look to cement top position in Group A when they take on Switzerland at Stadio Olimpico. The Azzurri kicked off their EURO 2020 campaign with a 3-0 win over Turkey, and the bookies see them as favourites to beat the Rossocrociati in the “Eternal City” as well. Domenico Berardi is rated doubtful for the game, while Marco Verratti remains in the recovery room. Lazio attacker Ciro Immobile is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The Rossocrociati, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a 1-1 draw with Wales. Switzerland produced a fine display in the opening match of their EURO 2020 campaign, and we are positive that they will grab something from Wednesday’s clash. The Rossocrociati head coach Vladimir Petkovic should have a full squad to choose from for the Italy clash.
Highlighted Player (Lorenzo Insigne):
Born in Frattamaggiore, Naples on June 4, 1991, Lorenzo Insigne is an Italian footballer who plays for his hometown club Napoli in the Serie A. Insigne is a product of Olimpia Sant’Arpino football school, but he joined the Partenopei at the age of 15.
The diminutive attacker scored his first ever goal in the Italian top flight on September 16, 2012 in a 3-1 win over Parma. Insigne, who played for the likes of Cavese, Foggia and Pescara on loan before returning to Naples, made his debut with the Italian national team on September 11, 2012 in the World Cup qualifier against Malta.
The Napoli forward scored his first ever goal for the Azzurri in a friendly against Argentina on August 14, 2013. His main position is left winger, but he is used as a second striker as well. Lorenzo Insigne has a contract with Napoli until June 30, 2022.
Highlighted Team (Switzerland):
While missing the first ever World Cup, Switzerland played at next four, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the success in next six appearances. Nati reached the first knockout stage in 1994, 2006 and 2014, but they couldn’t make the next step.
When it comes to their European Championship appearances, the situation is even worse, as the team only qualified for the 1996, 2004 and 2016 finals, while they automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament together with co-hosts Austria. Switzerland national team of late have profited from the multicultural environment, as they appear to have closed the gap behind top European sides and also adopted a more adventurous style of play.
The new generation is probably the most talented yet, with players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Valon Behrami all held in high regard. Nati now have a unique chance to try and reach the closing stages of a major tournament as their key men are either at their peak or will be there in the next couple of years.