Italy vs Sweden Betting Tips and Predictions – Euro 2016
Italy v Sweden betting tips and predictions for the Euro 2016 Group E match with the best three tips in our betting preview for the match.
The second Group E matches get underway in Toulouse on Friday afternoon as the only side with maximum points Italy take on Sweden. We’ve got the best bets and predictions for the match.
Italy vs Sweden Predictions
It was only game one, but the unused subs and coaching staff were all on the pitch celebrating the Azurri’s second goal against Belgium on Monday night. The spotlight may fall on an inadequate and disappointing Belgium, but Italy were hugely effective and deserved to take all three points. Antonio Conte got his tactics spot on as his side kept it tight and scored two terrific goals.
Italy were 18/1 at the start of the tournament and unfancied by the majority of pundits. They have one of the best defences in the competition, but appeared short in attack. True, they aren’t going to hit sides for three or four, but they find the net when they need to.
Similar to his tenure at Juventus, every single player on the pitch knew their job and worked diligently for 90 minutes. It was extremely effective and he deserves huge credit. Many, including myself were sceptical when he left out Pirlo and Giovinco, but he’s proven he has all the materials at his disposal. Goals from Graziano Pelle and Emmanuele Giaccherini got the goals and both were superb strikes and they are likely to start again here.
It’s a crucial three points. With Sweden and Republic of Ireland awaiting, Italy will fancy their chances of taking maximum points from this group and potentially facing an easier match in the knock-out rounds. Conte will want to go out on a high and the Italians will be looking to make amends for their disappointing exit at the World Cup. His side can’t afford to get complacent though in so-called easier matches and will need to maintain the same determination, desire and organisation as Monday night.
The Republic of Ireland scored both goals in their fixture against Sweden as the match ended all square. Sweden didn’t create much in the first half, but threw plenty at the opposition once they were 1-0 down. Zlatan was quiet, but it was his cross which was nodded in by Ciaran Clark at the near post.
Ibrahimovic aside, Sweden aren’t awash with stars and their manager played down their chances ahead of the tournament. They have a decent record in the Euros, but it’s hard to see them going far at this one. They are certainly functional and beat Wales fairly easily in a recent friendly. But, it’s hard to see them causing too many problems for the Italian defence.
Sweden might feel as though they should have taken all three points, especially being the better side in the second half, but with Belgium’s defeat in the opening match, they should fancy their chances of progressing from this group.
Italy were hugely effective against Belgium and it’s hard to see them dropping points in the remainder of their group games. My first Italy vs Sweden betting tip is for Italy to win. They are 4/5 with Bet365.
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Although Sweden got going in the second half, they required an own goal to make the breakthrough. It’s hard to imagine the Italian defence being so generous. My second Italy vs Sweden betting tip is for Italy to win to nil. They are 17/10 with Bet Victor who are still running their £1,000,000 goal competition.
Antonio Candreva takes penalties and is the kind of the player who will pop up with important goals. At a bigger price than any of the Italian strikers, he could be the best play here for an anytime goalscorer tip. My third Italy vs Sweden betting tip is for Antonio Candreva to score anytime, He is 3/1 to score anytime with Bet365.
Italy vs Sweden Betting Tips
Italy win – 4/5 Bet365.
Italy to win to nil – 17/10 Bet Victor.
Antonio Candreva – Anytime Goalscorer – 3/1 Bet365.
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