Italy will look to continue their strong Euro 2020 play on Wednesday as they lock horns with Switzerland at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The Azzurri got their tournament off to a good start with a 3-0 win against Turkey on Friday and Euro 2020 betting lines have them installed as -150 favorites for Wednesday's Group A showdown in Rome.
Here are our best free Italy vs. Switzerland tips and predictions for soccer action on June 16.
• Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
• Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
• Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
• TV: ESPN, TSN 1/3/4
Italy vs Switzerland betting tips
- Italy (-150)
- Italy clean sheet - Yes (-110)
Read on for complete analysis
Italy vs Switzerland match odds
Over 2.5: +130
Under 2.5: -163
Odds as of June 13, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET.
Odds analysisBy Patrick Everson
PointsBet USA has Italy a -143 favorite, Switzerland a +450 pup and Draw +245 as of 1 p.m. ET, two hours before this match begins. Bettors are hammering the Italian side to the tune of 87 percent of tickets and 89 percent of money. The Swiss are landing just 6 percent of tickets/4 percent of money, while Draw is taking 7 percent on both counts. The total of 2.5 has the Over attracting 77 percent of tickets and 68 percent of dollars.
Italy vs Switzerland betting preview
It's expected to be a hot day in Rome with temperatures in the low 80s.
|3-0 versus Turkey||Previous Game||1-1 versus Wales|
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Italy vs Switzerland predictions
Italy began their tourney with an impressive victory over Turkey and is looking to get back to being one of the world's best squads after shockingly failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Manager Roberto Mancini has been front and center of the Italian resurgence as the Azzurri won all eight of their games at Euro 2020 qualifying. They have continued that form with nine wins and three draws since qualifiers.
Switzerland is an improving nation that has reached the knockout stage in their last three major tournaments, including advancing to the Round of 16 at Euro 2016.
The Swiss outplayed Wales in their Euro 2020 opener on Friday but had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Neither team threatened on offense in the early going and while the Swiss generated more scoring chances in the second half, their lack of clinical finishing ability hurt.
That could be Switzerland's biggest weakness against a very stout Italian defense. The Swiss are very solid on defense in their own right, but their lack of punch up front can be exposed against high-level competition.
Although this Italian team is not the ultra-conservative brand of previous years, they are still at their best in the back. Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are one of the top center-back pairings in the world and their midfield is filled with players that know how to control the ball.
With Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne in fine form, this is an Italian squad that can score the crucial goals needed to emerge with a victory. Possessing a big edge in talent and home-field advantage with this match taking place in Rome, back Italy to win.
PREDICTION: Italy (-150)
Italy to record a clean sheet - Yes (-110)
Turkey failed to score against Italy on Friday as the Azzurri controlled possession and kept them pinned in their own end for most of the match.
That makes nine straight wins that Italy hasn't conceded a goal in. That stretch includes clean sheets in victories against Poland and the Netherlands.
Although Swiss forward Haris Seferovic does a great job of holding the ball up front, he isn't the most fluid of finishers, notching four goals in his last 15 international matches.
That will place the scoring burden on Xherdan Shaqiri. The winger has struggled with injuries, scoring just one goal in more than 800 minutes with Liverpool this season.
Unless those two get going, Switzerland will find it tough to find the back of the net against emerging Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and a tight defensive system. Back Italy to pick up another clean sheet.
PREDICTION: Italy to record a clean sheet - Yes (-110)
Picks made on 6/13/2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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