A rematch of Euro 2020 final is in store for us tonight at the prestigious Wembley Stadium, as England take on Italy. The three lions lead the qualifying group, with Italy following three points behind, having narrowly lost against England in Naples in September, the first time the Italians lost against the English in decades. Italy is coming off two straight wins against Ukraine and Malta which has left them in a relatively comfortable spot in the group, while England are all but assured of qualifying with a win tonight. This match comes at the heel of yet another scandal in Italian football, as several national team members have been accused of gambling on illegal platforms in the past year – so far among those accused are Fagioli, Tonali and Zaniolo, but more names are sure to come up. Nevertheless, Italy will field a strong squad, although they will also be missing star man Chiesa due to injury, who caused England lots of issues in that famous final in July 2021.

On the other hand, England are not missing any of their top players, and will likely play with a striking force of Foden, Bellingham and Kane, who are all on top form for their respective clubs. It is rare to see England lose at Wembley, and with Italy having managed such a feat already two years ago, it seems unlikely this time around, especially when considering the Italian XI will be fraught with absences. England will have an advantage defensively, where physical stalwarts Maguire and Stones will have the advantage over the shorter Raspadori, who may however give them a right go with his pace and chance-creation, as Lazio’s star striker Ciro Immobile has not been called up for this batch of qualification matches.

This rematch of Euro 2020 final could be tight match initially, but we expect England to come out on top. The pace on England’s flanks will be of concern to Dimarco and Di Lorenzo, who are however among the best defensive full backs in Europe, meaning those duels on the wings will be quite entertaining to see. Italy could have a slight advantage in midfield, as the dynamic duo of Inter’ Barella and Frattesi have been playing well alongside each other in Serie A so far this season. An Over 2.5 is a good call, as well as Harry Kane anytime goalscorer, as he seems to be on fire recently.

England to Win – 1.68

Draw – 3.60

Italy to Win – 5.66