Gli Azzurri began their campaign satisfyingly at the opener. Their next game will be more tricky ahead as Switzerland under the former Lazio boss, Vladimir Petkovic, is waiting. They are certainly more solid than Turkey in their form and have a potential to stumble Ciro Immobile and Co. This is also a crucial clash for both sides, a win would certainly help them to go through the knock out stage as the group leader or runner up, while a draw or a defeat is definitely the opposite.
Both teams’ previous games
Italy showed their class and new identity as an offensive team. They dismantled Turkey 3-0 by Merih Demiral’s own goal, Ciro Immobile’s close range strike and Lorenzo Insigne’s curling shot. It was enough to entertain their fans who have missed watching the match live in Olimpico.
Switzerland was quite unlucky to be held in a 1-1 draw while taking on Wales in the first match. They took the lead through Bree Embolo’s header but eventually cancelled out by Kiefer Moore’s header to put The Dragons back on a level term.
Roberto Mancini would stick to his 4-3-3 formation. The front three are expected to be the same with Domenico Berardi, Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile. Federico Chiesa might come off the bench at the second half to break the deadlock by helping opening more space to score.
The former Lazio boss, Vladimir Petkovic, might be deploying 5-4-1 with possible transition to 3-4-1-2 to close down Lorenzo Insigne and Co in the six yard box. Benfica forward Haris Seferovic will still be the main targetman alongside Gladbach forward Breel Embolo. They will be supported by Liverpool man Xerdan Shaqiri featuring the number ten role.
Players to watch
The UEFA top scorer in 2020, Ciro Immobile remains the main man upfront. He contributed one goal and assist in the previous outing. Some other notable name to focus on are Lorenzo Insigne, Nico Barella and Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho.
Xerdan Shaqiri will be leading the attack. The playmaker who rarely get a chance to be picked for the starting XI in The Reds this season has scored 23 goals in 92 appearances. Playing less game in EPL this season would give an advantage for the former Bayern man as he would be more physically fit. Another key man to watch is Benfica forward Haris Seferovic.
Italy vs Switzerland Prediction
Playing at home again would boost Roberto Mancini’s side to clinch another victory for their fans. Although it would not be easy as their first game, Italy still have more creative players in the squad to make the difference. One of them is Juventus winger, Federico Chiesa. If Swiss’ defence is still the same as in the last fixture in Baku, Granit Xhaka and Co would be in a real danger.
According to the punters, Gli Azurri is the clear favourite. Their odds to win are at 5/8, whereas Switzerland is only projected to win at 29/5. The draw result is at the value of 3/1.