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Italy vs England: Predictions, tips & betting odds

17:50 SAST 2022/09/22
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Roberto Mancini's men will be desperate to put in a strong showing and boast an extremely strong record against the Three Lions

The bottom two sides in Group Three of League A of the UEFA Nations League meet in Milan on Friday night as Italy host England.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Gareth Southgate's men who have just two points from their four matches and their last match in the group saw them suffer a humiliating 4-0 home defeat to Hungary.

Italy have not faired much better with the Azzurri having the worst defensive record in the group conceding seven goals.

Italy vs England latest odds

The two sides played out a goalless draw when they met at Wembley in June and bet365 offer another stalemate at 11/5 (3.20).

Italy have won just two of their last nine matches and are priced at 9/5 (2.80) while England are rated at 6/4 (2.50).

Italy vs England first goal scorer odds

England captain Harry Kane is the favourite to score first at San Siro with the Spurs striker offered at 5/1 (6.00) just ahead of Ciro Immobile at 11/2 (6.50).

Raheem Sterling is offered at 7/1 (8.00) the same price as Brentford's Ivan Toney who has been called up to the national team for the first time.

Lorenzo Pellegrini has scored in both of Italy's home matches in the group and the Roma midfielder is available at 14/1 (15.00).

Italy vs England preview

Both teams are desperate for a big performance following disappointing showings in the summer although for Italy the need to restore pride is greater given their absence from the World Cup.

For Gareth Southgate the match is more about fine tuning his side and perhaps giving some minutes to some of the new faces in the squad, while for the hosts it is a chance to show they are rebuilding in positive fashion.

England have not beaten Italy in a competitive fixture since 1977, while their 2-1 friendly win in 2012 is their only victory in the last 10 meetings

Italy vs England tips and predictions

Italy are offered at evens (2.00) in the Draw No Bet market and this looks like an attractive option and a healthy price.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.