Italy have come a full circle in the tournament starting with no expectations to being touted as a champion material. The tactical nous of Antonio Conte coupled with their strong defensive organizational capabilities has put Italy on the fast pedal and gives them an unbeatable look. The well-oiled all-Juventus backline led by the omnipresent Buffon. Their midfield too looks settled but the absence of Thiago Motta and Antonio Candreva from this match for different reasons may hamper them a little. Up front, the form of Graziano Pelle may have surprised everyone including the supporters.
This German team’s weakness in breaking down tight teams is well documented – Poland match being a case in point. Italy will provide a stern test and recent form suggests Germany may struggle to crack them.
Germany v Italy - Betting advice
Germany are unbeaten in five matches while Italy won five of their last six. Germany have kept five success clean sheets while Italy conceded just once in their last six. There could be another low scoring affair on offer here, with under 2.5 goals a worthy bet. Even going for a clean sheet in regular time isn’t a bad option.
Italy have edge in recent meetings with Germany – winning four and losing just one of the last seven. If you are a little aggressive, bet on Italy winning in regular time.