The prestigious European Championships of this year is bustling with key footballing highlights, eye-catching goals, individual performances of the highest draw, the stories of the dark horses and much more. We are already nearing the end of the group stages of this year’s tournament, as the third and the final phase of group stage games start today.
The Match Day 3 starts with favourites Italy, the Group A toppers, going head to head with Wales, who have also secured a round of 16 place, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, as we will be getting a clearer idea of the group standings following today.
Italy Vs Wales Match Details
Fixture: Italy Vs Wales
Date: 20th June (UTC,CET,IST)
Timings: 18:00 in CET, 16:00 UTC, 21:30 IST
Venue: Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy
Previous meetings between Italy and Wales
Italy and Wales have faced each other on nine occasions previously, with Italy largely dominating the records, winning seven games to Wales’ two. When the two teams had last met in 2003, Italy had complete a 4-0 thumping, with Filippo Inzaghi scoring a hattrick and Alessandro Del Piero scoring the fourth for the Azzurris.
Italy Vs Wales Predictions
Italy, having already qualified for the round of 16s for this year’s European Championship, will be looking to finish unbeaten as they proceed to the knockout stages, hoping to finish as the group toppers with a win. The Azzurris have displayed an authoritative performance in their group matches, as they eased past Turkey and Switzerland in their first two matches with a scoreline of 3-0, sitting at the top of the group table with six points. Their forwards Insigne and Ciro Immobile are on a good run, Locatelli and Barella rising to the occasion and the defence pair of Bonucci and Chiellini looking solid as ever, as the Italians will be positive of ending the group stages with a win, with the home support also behind them.
Meanwhile, Wales are again looking in a good form at a major international tournament after the 2016 Euros where they had reached the Semis and are now on the verge of securing a direct qualification to the knockouts. Having secured four points from the two matches, with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening match and clinching a 2-0 victory against Turkey, they are now well poised to give Italy a fight for the top spot. Gareth Bale‘s return to form will be a massive boost for the Welsh, with midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Daniel James also at their usual bests, which would definitely be a positive sign before the knockout stages.
Who will win Italy Vs Wales Match
Both teams will be looking to sign off their group stages with a win, which would be a major morale boost for them before the knockouts, but Italy are definitely the better team and in better form coming into this fixture, but the Welsh would be there for a tough battle. We predict a 2-0 win for the Azzurris but expect a peach of a match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
FINAL PREDICTION: ITALY 2-0 WALES