Italy vs England Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Italy vs England | Tuesday 31 March, 2015 | Juventus | 19.45
England will be looking for their eighth consecutive victory when they head to Turin for Tuesday’s friendly against Italy.
The Three Lions beat Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley in their European qualifier on Friday without breaking much of a sweat, maintaining their win streak and holding onto their six point lead at the top of Group E.
Italy are currently second in their qualifying group with three out of five wins and they represent the toughest test England have faced to date since the World Cup last year.
Antonio Conte’s men pulled back from a losing score line to draw 2-2 against Bulgaria on Saturday to claim a single point. Azzurri beat England 2-1 in their first World Cup group game thanks to a winning strike from Mario Balotelli and will be keen for a repeat performance.
The addition of Harry Kane to the England squad has boosted the team and inspired fans. The 21-year-old scored in just 79 seconds when he made his debut against Lithuania on Friday.
Italy’s Eder can boast a similar feat, having scored on his first appearance for Italy in Sofia, coming off the bench to score the crucial equaliser.
Roy Hodgson will be without four men on Tuesday with several players injured during the win over Lithuania. Raheem Sterling (toe), James Milner (knee), Leighton Baines (knee and quad) and now Danny Welbeck (also knee) will all be absent from the friendly meeting.
Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand is the only player to receive a call-up for the clash.
“With Leighton Baines gone, we are now left with only one recognised left back, Kieran Gibbs,” said Hodgson. “We wanted two recognised left backs for both games.”
With only one fit striker currently in the squad, Kane may well follow up his first bow for England by starting alongside Wayne Rooney on Tuesday.
Conte may be looking to reshuffle his line-up for the game on Tuesday after the weekend’s clash proving more of a struggle than he would have liked. The Azzurri boss has plenty of talent to choose from, too, with Eder, Manolo Gabiadini, Graziano Pelle and Franco Vazquez all waiting on the sidelines.
Italy vs England Betting Tips
Italy look to be England’s most formidable opponents since last year’s World Cup, but the Three Lions’ winning streak looks set to continue on Tuesday.