If England’s long trophy drought is finally to end, there will likely be no better opportunity than the Euro 2021 final at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. The last obstacle remaining on the path to a first major title since 1966 is Italy, a team that has not lost a game in 33 games, a record.
England have already made history simply by reaching the Euro final – their first major tournament final in 55 years – and they did so thanks to impressive defensive performances (one goal conceded) and timely goals from veteran forwards Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. But England fans are used to being heartbroken over the years, and they know that the last hurdle has often turned out to be the hardest for this team.
Italy has already won the Euro, but it has been a long time (1968). After qualifying for the final in 2000 and 2012, the Azzurri hope to finally add a second title, while changing the image of Italian football along the way. Under Roberto Mancini’s leadership, the Italians have generally left a positive impression and shown the world that Italian football is making a comeback after a period of slowdown that included the absence of the 2018 World Cup.
Watch: Watch the Euro 2021 final live with fuboTV (7 day free trial)
It’s a captivating clash between two of the most passionate and legendary footballing nations on the planet. Although England are the favorites, according to punters, it’s a game that will come down to one or two key moments that could go either way.
How to watch the Euro 2021 final
- Dated: Sunday July 11
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN
- Television in Spanish: Univision, TUDN
- Diffusion: fuboTV, ESPN +, TUDN app, TUDN.tv
The Euro 2021 Championship match will be broadcast in the United States by ESPN in English, fuboTV, Univision, and TUDN in Spanish.
Both of these networks can be streamed on fuboTV (7 day free trial). ESPN + will carry the match for subscribers and the match will be available on the TUDN app for authenticated users.
The projected numbers England vs Italy
Italian media say Mancini was considering using a false nine in the attack instead of the largely ineffective center-forward Ciro Immobile. But the latest reports indicate that Immobile, who leads the line as a regular starter, will retain his place.
What was clear from the semi-final against Spain was that the Azzurri really missed the offensive boost provided by Leonardo Spinazzola on the left wing. Emerson Palmieri replaced the injured left-back star (Achilles tendon rupture), but Italy appeared less dynamic without its holder.
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Gareth Southgate was not afraid to polish his roster during the tournament, going from a baseline to four or five (three center-backs and two full-backs) as needed. This is the biggest decision he has to face. the the latest reports have England opting for three center-backs, with Kieran Trippier filling the right-winger in place of 19-year-old Bukayo Saka who put in a strong performance against Denmark.
England (3-4-3, left to right): 1-Jordan Pickford-GK – 6-Harry Maguire, 5-John Stones, 2-Kyle Walker – 3-Luke Shaw, 4-Declan Rice, 14-Kalvin Phillips, 12-Kieran Trippier – 10-Raheem Sterling, 9-Harry Kane, 19 years old Mont Maçon
Italy (4-3-3, from left to right): 21-Gigi Donnarumma-GK – 13-Emerson Palmieri, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 3-Giorgio Chiellini (C), 2-Giovanni Di Lorenzo – 6-Marco Verratti, 8-Jorginho, 18-Nicolo Barella – 10-Lorenzo Insigne, 17-Ciro Immobile, 14-Federico Chiesa,15 fuboTV
England vs Italy: odds and predictions
While teams are generally cautious and conservative in the league final, don’t expect to see many goals in the final on Sunday with these two teams: England has found a defensive formula that works, conceding just two goals in the 12 last matches. In their 33-game unbeaten streak, Italy has allowed just 10 goals.
It’s a game that will come down to one or two key moments and as likely aggressors, England fuboTV will be in the best position to create those moments. Given their multiple weapons to beat teams – set pieces, speed and dribbling on the wings, precise crosses, and creative passing moves via Mason Mount – England should eventually find a way out.
As the round of 16 progressed, Italy created fewer (1.3 and 0.4 goals expected against Belgium and Spain) and conceded more dangerous chances (1.7 in quarterfinals). final and semi-final).
The fluid attacking football that won them applause in the group stage seems to be a distant memory and Italy has become dependent on moments of individual brilliance on the attack instead of complex movements and combinations. And goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma has become more influential with every game.
While the Italians have the tools and the mentality to pull this one off, they will fall short of an England fuboTV side that finally sees a trophy at their fingertips.
Prediction: England 1, Italy 0
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- England wins (90 min): +148
- England wins the trophy: -121
- Prize draw (90 min): +190
- Italy wins (90 min): +240
- Italy wins the trophy: +102
- Total Goals Under 1.5: +148
- England will score first and win: +170
- England win by one goal: +285
- England -0.25 Asian Handicap: +106