Our match prediction:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over star-studded Belgium, Italy take on Sweden in their second group game at the 2016 European Championship finals. The Azzurri kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign in great manner and it has to be noted that they were in control of the match during all 90 minutes. Graziano Pelle proved his worth in the 2-0 victory over Belgium and, no doubt, the Southampton attacker is going to pose a big threat for the opposition back line in Friday’s game at Stadium Municipa. The Swedes managed to grab one point from their opener against Republic of Ireland, but Friday’s football match against Italy will be anything but a walk in the park for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co. Antonio Conte is doing a great job with the Italy national team and we predict that the Azzurri are going to pick up all three points from the match.
Highligted Player (De Sciglio):
Mattia De Sciglio is an Italian international defender who has spent his entire career up to date at boyhood club AC Milan, and while he is widely regarded as one of world’s most talented defenders, the reality is he has yet to realise his full potential. The skilful defender is equally successful at operating on the right or left side of defence, but it is this versatility that probably prevented him from impressing in a single position. De Sciglio has amassed quite a few appearances for both AC Milan and Italy national team, albeit without ever becoming an undisputed member of either side, and the Italian public is still waiting for him to justify all the hype. De Sciglio quickly earned more than 20 caps, representing Azzurri at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup finals, but he lost his place in the side in the build up to the Euro 2016 tournament in France, and will have to raise his form if he wants to win it back any time soon.
Highlighted Team (Sweden):
Sweden are the most successful Nordic side on international stage having been present at major competitions since 1934. Blagult missed out on the 1952 World Cup trophy on home soil as they were beaten by star-studded Brazil side, while they finished in third place at the 1950 and 1994 tournaments, and finishing fourth on their second appearance in 1938. As far as their European Championship record is concerned, Sweden also achieved their best result in front of home fans, reaching the last four in 1992, and they have since reached the quarter-finals at Euro 1994 in Portugal. Anders Svensson and Thomas Ravelli are team’s most capped players with over 140 appearances each, but it is strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will go down as the most famous Swedish footballers in history. The later also leads the goalscoring charts with over 60 strikes for the national team and he is widely regarded as one of the most colourful characters, not only in Scandinavia, but in world football.