England vs Italy: Three Lions backed for smooth Wembley win

England vs Italy: Three Lions backed for smooth Wembley win

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Odds: England 6/5, Draw 11/5, Italy 9/4

Kick Off: 2000, 27/03/2018

Stadium: Wembley

TV: ITV

England put in a professional display to beat Holland in Amsterdam on Friday and can continue their World Cup preparations by seeing off Italy at Wembley.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for Russia 2018 and do not appear up for the humbling task of providing warm-up opposition judged on a 2-0 loss to Argentina in Manchester.

We’re firmly behind the Three Lions at 6/5 in our England vs Italy betting predictions.

A Look At England’s Betting Odds

England conceded just three goals in a 10-match unbeaten run during their World Cup group and have continued to look strong at the back in international friendlies.

Goalless draws with Germany and Brazil at Wembley in November backed up that view and it was another controlled performance in the 1-0 triumph over Holland.

Jesse Lingard’s first international goal secured the Three Lions a fully-deserved victory, while Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when brought down in the box.

“I knew we’d got pace and energy in the team, but I was really, really pleased with the composure, especially playing through the first two-thirds of the pitch,” said Gareth Southgate.

“At times, a bit more quality in the final third was needed, but I think we deserved the win.

“For me, lots of individual positives and I think probably the most pleasing thing is the players looked like they enjoyed their football.”

Looking at the England vs Italy odds, we like 21/10 for the Three Lions to win to nil again.

A Look At Italy’s Betting Odds

We thought Italy would still be sulking at missing out on a first World Cup tournament since 1958 when taking on Argentina, with a 7/1 correct score pay-out among three successful selections in our preview of that match.

The South American outfit upped the tempo after a pedestrian first half to win with late goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini at Etihad Stadium.

Caretaker coach Luigi Di Biagio saw some positive signs as the Azzurri begin a rebuilding process.

He said: “I like the fact that the lads tried to play. We tried to attack but we had a great team opposite us. We missed the final push to goal in the final third.”

Italy struggled up front throughout the latter stages of their World Cup group and failed to score in two play-off matches against Sweden, so this is nothing new.

We’re finishing off our England vs Italy betting tips by taking 17/2 for a 2-0 home win.

Additional stats

Last result:

Holland 0-1 ENGLAND – Jesse Lingard

Argentina 2-0 ITALY

Head-to-head: Italy 1-1 England, England 1-2 Italy, England 2-1 Italy, England 0-0 Italy, England 1-2 Italy, Italy 1-0 England

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Best bets for England vs Italy

England to win @ 6/5

England to win to nil @ 21/10

England to win 2-0 @ 17/2

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