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EURO 2016 - Italy v Spain - MATCH PREVIEW

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The finalists of last edition Italy and Spain will recreate their rivalry much earlier this time as the two European powerhouses get ready for a face off in the round of 16. This first round knockout match of Euro 2016 will be played at the Stade de France on Monday, June 27.

Italy came to France with zero expectations as the team was criticized for being aged and having no cutting edge to win matches. Even manager Antonio Conte had very little hopes having dismissed the chances of his team. But despite all this criticism, they were brilliant in their opening game against Belgium overwhelming the tournament favorites 2-0. Though they had their usual finishing problems against Sweden, the last gasp goal helped them secure a spot in the knockouts. They lost against Republic of Ireland in the last match but still finished as group toppers. However Italy would be disappointed at landing a very tough opponent so early.


Spain were one of the most dominant sides in the past decade but that didn’t help them in the build-up to the tournament. With an indifferent form and ineffective strikers, Spain weren’t considered good enough to defend their title. True to the apprehensions, their performance in the group matches was inconsistent. Their loss to Croatia meant that they finished second in the group and pulled into a more difficult draw of the knockouts. The team is yet to convince the critics to be counted as favorites but they still have some brilliant individual players to change the course of a game.

Italy v Spain Betting advice

Italy lost just one match in their last five encounters and have conceded just one goal in this period. In their last ten matches, only three have seen opponents scoring more than a goal. Backing them to concede less than two goals is a worthy bet.

Spain have a good record in the recent past too with just two losses in their last ten encounters. Five of these matches have seen them end with a clean sheet. David De Gea is a solid presence under the sticks and will be key for the Spaniards. With two of the best goal keepers in the world coming together for this game, it could end up with under 2.5 goals.

Spain has an edge over Italy in the recent encounters but this could see an Italian win in extra time or penalties.

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