(P) Italy (P) ITA Bonucci (67')
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European Championship Final
Jul 11, 2021 KO: 19:00

Italy - England

Wembley Stadium London
Referee: Björn Kuipers
  2' Shaw
Bonucci 67'  

Match preview

Saka or Sancho to start? How Italy and England could line up for Euro 2020 final

Roberto Mancini and Gareth Southgate are unlikely to diverge from their winning tactics ahead of a tight Euro 2020 final

Well, it has all come down to this. Over the course of 43 games played between 24 teams, everything has led to this final between Italy and England.

In what could prove to be the biggest game in the careers of every player that walks on to the pitch on Sunday, Gareth Southgate and Roberto Mancini will know that they need to get their tactics and team selection spot on to ensure victory over the other.

So how will Italy and England line up for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final?

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For Italy, we shouldn’t expect Mancini to diverge too much from the 4-3-3 formation that has worked wonders for him so far.

That will mean a back four in front of Gianluigi Donnarumma which consists of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci as the central defensive pairing, Giovanni Di Lorenzo as the right full-back and Emerson in at left-back in place of the injured Leonardo Spinazzola.

Again, midfield should not throw up too many surprises as Chelsea star Jorginho is joined by Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella on either side of him to form an effective midfield trio.

Where Mancini may be forced into a change is on the right wing, due to Federico Chiesa struggling to shake off a minor injury. However, the Juventus winger is still expected to start, with Lorenzo Insigne on the left flank and Ciro Immobile through the middle.

In similar circumstances, Southgate is unlikely to make any changes from the team that ground Denmark down and eventually claimed their passage to the final in the last round.

Jordan Pickford will remain between the posts, with Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker making up the predictable back four.

In midfield there’s no doubt that the England manager will stick with his pairing of Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice, with Mason Mount playing in front of them in the No.10 role.

On each wing we should expect to see Bukayo Saka given another start down the right, with Raheem Sterling on the left. Harry Kane, as ever, will be tasked with leading the line as England’s no.9.

How Italy and England could line up

Italy vs England - Football tactics and formations

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  Average Match Rating  
7.1
  Home  
7.0
7.3
  Away  
7.1
7.2
  Total  
7.1

Match statistics

Italy
Statistics
England
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
17
16
Draws
3
2
Losses
0
2
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
55
38
Goals Per Game
2.75
1.90
More > 2.5 Goals
9
9
More > 3 Goals
5
4
Scored First in a Match
18
14
Scored Both Halves
9
9
Won More > 1 Goal
12
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
6
6
Did Not Score
1
4
Both Teams Scored
6
3
Kept Clean Sheet
14
15
Won Without Conceding
13
13
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
783
779
Possession
59
60
Passes
596
619
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
18
13
Shots on Target
5.50
5.19
Goals out of Shots
0.12
0.16
Crosses
15
16
Offsides
3.38
2.69
Penalties
0.30
0.25
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.70
0.75
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
12
11
Interceptions
13
8.31
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
14
16
Total Shots Conceded
8.19
7.00
Shots on Target Conceded
2.71
2.23
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.03
0.05
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
10
Yellow Cards
1.35
0.85
Red Cards
0.00
0.05

Injuries

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