The Italians are surely entering this semi-final clash of the UEFA Nations League campaign with positive thoughts, as they are currently running their historic unbeaten run, and will definitely try to add one more trophy to their already impressive collection.
They played their last competitive match in the World Cup qualifiers last month at home against Lithuania, and looked quite well, as they completely outplayed them with a 5:0 victory, currently being strong leaders in their respectful group.
Defenders Biraghi (11/1, Fiorentina), Toloi (8/0, Atalanta), right-back Florenzi (46/2, AC Milan), midfielders Pessina (11/4, Atalanta), Sensi (8/3, Inter), offensive players Immobile (54/15, Lazio) and Belotti (39/12, Torino) aren’t part of the team this time.
The Spaniards are traveling to Italy eager for revenge, as they were eliminated by the same nation in the last EURO 2020, ironically, in the same phase of the competition.
They are currently in a two-match positive run, winning over Kosovo away and Georgia at home last month during the World Cup qualifiers, and like their rivals in the upcoming clash, are firmly holding the leading spot in the group.
Defenders Gaya (16/3, Valencia), Albiol (58/0, Villarreal), midfielders Llorente (12/0, Atletico Madrid), Pedri (10/0, Barcelona), Thiago (46/2, Liverpool), Olmo (16/3, Leipzig) and forwards Morata (48/22, Juventus), Moreno (17/5, Villarreal) and Rodrigo (25/8, Leeds) aren’t part of the team.
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Definitely, a tough match is ahead, as one of the best nations, not only in Europe but in the world as well are clashing spears once again, and like in their previous encounter, a draw simply can not be excluded as a possibility in the regular part.
However, I share the bookie’s opinion, as in my eyes also, the Italians have a slight advantage, as their fire is looking brighter at the moment, and are closer to beat the Red Fury two times in a row.