The big derby of the EURO 2020 semifinals takes place at Wembley, where Italy meets Spain. These two sides will take on one another and try to reach the title game. We expect to see a fierce matchup because of the high stakes and the big rivalry.
Before eliminating Belgium, Italy defeated Turkey, Switzerland, Wales, and Austria on their way to the finals. The latest match against the Red Devils showed us the best coming from the Italians in their game on both ends of the field.
Once they needed to attack, they were laser-precise and sharp, hitting the net twice in a short span. During the second 45 minutes, Italy defended perfectly against one of the best offenses in the world, stopping the Belgians and securing the ticket to the next stage.
Azzuri didn’t lose in 32 matches, which is the best record ever. If Roberto Mancini manages to win the EURO title, there is no doubt that his generation will be the most dominant ever in the history of the nation.
So, nobody saw the Spaniards coming this far after the opening two games of the group stage. Two draws against Sweden and Poland were enough for most fans to start doubting the potential of this unit and declaring them immature and mediocre.
But the Spaniards bounced back with 10 goals in two matches, against Slovakia and Croatia, proving their worth and reminding everyone that they have more quality than anyone thinks.
The contest against Switzerland was tough and a true test of character, and may we say the Red Fury passed it with the highest possible grades, enduring colossal pressure during the penalty shootout.
Italy vs. Spain Head to Head
Italy and Spain met in the last three European championships, and the Spaniards had more success even though the record is one win for each side with two draws. The difference is made in the 2012 EURO finals, when Red Fury rolled over the rivals, 4-0.
The latest two games saw a draw in Italy, 1-1, and Spain’s win at home, 3-0. Both these games were in the World Cup qualifiers.
Italy vs. Spain Pick
We will be straightforward with you here, don’t expect to see too many goals. These teams will be careful, so under 2.5 goals is the best choice.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals