super football tips: England are in a ‘must win' scenario approaching the end of the group stage in this season's Nations League and Gareth Southgate's men face a tough trip to Italy on Friday knowing that a defeat would see them relegated from League A. Italy really need a win on Friday if they are going to stake their claim for a place in the knockout round but a defeat would drag them into a relegation battle.
premier league predictions: The last four meetings between these two nations have ended in stalemates after 90-minutes and we're predicting another draw when the two sides lock horns in Italy. England are yet to win a game in the Nations League this season and have looked really poor in most games but did manage to draw with Italy in June. The hosts have only lost one of their opening four group games but two of those results were draws, so you can see why we're backing the pair to cancel one another out on Friday.
Under 2.5 Goals
best premium soccer tips: Under 2.5 goals have been scored in each of the last four meetings between Italy and England, and we're fully expecting another tight and tense 90-minutes when the pair go head-to-head on Friday night. Two of Italy's four Nations League games this season have produced under 2.5 goals, while three of England's last four outings have also featured fewer than three goals.
Key Stats & Figures ahead of Italy vs England
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England in danger of being relegated from League A
While Italy have certainly not been at their best in the Nations League, they are still in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stage and a win against England could even take them to the top of the group if Germany and Hungry play out a draw.
Gareth Southgate is certainly under some pressure following a string of poor results in the Nations League, culminating in the embarrassing 4-0 defeat at home against Hungary last time out. With a World Cup just around the corner, Southgate and his players need a couple of positive results to build up some confidence, even if they fail to go any further in the Nations League.
England Predicted Lineup: Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale, Dean Henderson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Luke Shaw, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Conor Coady, Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guéhi, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Mason Mount, Jude Bellingham, James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen & Ivan Toney.
Italy vs England – FAQ
Who are the favourites to win? – England are the slight favourites with the bookmakers.
What was the score when these two teams last met? – England 0-0 Italy.