Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Italy will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group A intact when they take on Wales at Stadio Olimpico. The Azzurri have been impressive at EURO 2020 so far, with the team rolling over both Turkey and Switzerland, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win their last group game. Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Switzerland, will be one of the men to watch in the home team.
Giorgio Chiellini and Alessandro Florenzi, on the other hand, are likely to miss the game with injuries. The Dragons did well to beat Turkey in their second group game, with the team booking their place in the last 16. However, Gareth Bale and Co. will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s clash against Italy, who look unstoppable at the moment. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team.
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 (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date.
Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015.
Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.