england-vs-italy-15-june-2014-prediction

England and Italy are going to meet at Arena Amazonia this Saturday evening. The match is going to be pretty interesting due to the fact that the outcome would be rather difficult to predict.

Both teams stand in a very similar position. Italy are not the domineering favorites and their squad is far away from all-star Germany or Argentina, nonetheless, they remain dangerous opponents. The same can be said about England. No one expects England to claim the victory at the World Cup and everyone talks about when the England squad are actually going home.

Nonetheless, England are not very easy to beat and they have two key-players such as Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere. Wayne Rooney has already played in two World Cups, but it’s not that he was on the top; so this time he has to think of something strategic and seize the moment (in the best-case scenario he can play only one more Cup). Ladbrokes gives 7.00 odds that Rooney would be the first goalscorer.

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Whether it’s good or bad, both teams are not so great and they have to develop something for their game not to get out of the group stage. I thought of saying that the score would be 0-0, but most definitely someone will score at least one goal; if it is Italy, then the odds are 6.00 that Mario Balotelli would be the first goalscorer.

This game is equally crucial for Italy and England, however, they still have 2 games to play and if they win they both have good chances to advance. The weather is going to be hot and challenge the players; still it would be easier for Italy to cope with high temperatures, while Foggy Albion will have to struggle a bit. Another disfavor of England is that Danny Wellbeck may not play (he was absent during training on Wednesday) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t probably recover in time for this game.

Keeping in mind all these factors, I would say that Italy is going to win the match (2.50) at one of our bookmakers.

England: Team’s Formation

1
J. Hart
2
G. Johnson
6
P. Jagielka
5
G. Cahill
3
L. Baines
4
S. Gerrard
14
J. Henderson
20
A. Lallana
11
D. Welbeck
10
W. Rooney
9
D. Sturridge

Italy: Team’s Formation

1
G. Buffon
2
De Sciglio
3
G. Chiellini
19
L. Bonucci
7
I. Abate
16
D. De Rossi
21
A. Pirlo
8
Marchisio
23
M. Verratti
9
M. Balotelli
17
C. Immobile

End prediction for the match:
Italy to win outright

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