After a month of intense action, the final match of the Euros is about to be played. The Europa League final kicks off this Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London, with Italy vs England battling it out for the Europa League title.
This year’s Euros have been less cold and a bit more draws, with most of the matches turning out as expected. Italy and England are both favourites to win the tournament, so it is no surprise that they have reached the final.
The Italian team showed excellent form at the beginning of the Cup. They won all three matches without conceding a single goal in the group stage and topped the group to reach the knockout stage!
In the first semi-final match of the Euros, the ‘Blues’ knocked out Spain on penalties to reach the final of the Euros for the second time in nine years. Italy have now gone 33 games unbeaten, just two short of the joint record of Brazil and Spain for the longest unbeaten run in international football at 35 games.
Italy have conceded in three consecutive matches since their 1,168 minute clean sheet was ended by Austria. The defence is not all that free from worry. The 33-game unbeaten streak is a testament to Mancini’s excellent coaching ability, as he has already broken Vittorio Pozzo’s record of 30 consecutive unbeaten matches from 1935 to 1939. Without a strong player like Kane, Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne, Locatelli and Penassi have all scored two goals each and the attacking line is blossoming.
Italy have a significantly better record than England, winning four World Cups, one European Cup and reaching far more finals than England.
England are loaded with talent and the Three Lions have the perfect opportunity to win the title. The Danish fairytale could not be renewed after England beat Denmark 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Euros. England reached the final of the European Cup for the first time in their history.
was the first time England had reached an international final in 55 years, after the 1966 World Cup. It is also the longest gap between European teams reaching the final of a tournament.
Experiencing agonising defeats at the 1990 and 2018 World Cups, as well as losing on penalties at Euro 1996 where they excelled. England have waited 55 years to reach the final of a major tournament and the wait is finally over now that the team has reached the final of the European Championship for the first time. The sound of England fans chanting “football has come home” echoed through Wembley Stadium.
After 55 years of waiting, will England return home with the Cup?
Italy vs England
Although there is no specific host country for this year’s European Cup, the final will be played at Wembley Stadium in England, which is the host of the final. In the history of the European Cup, Spain, Italy and France have all won the trophy on home soil, will England become the fourth team to win the trophy on home soil？
Judging from the penalties and the behaviour of the fans in the semi-final, the advantage of having a home ground is still relatively obvious.In the final Italy will have to watch out for England’s home advantage.
The total value of Italian players is €751 million, with no players worth over 100 million.The highest priced player in the Italian squad is Barella, who is worth 65 million. 60 million Euro class players include Bastoni, Donnarumma and Chiesa, but the only absolute starter is goalkeeper Donnarumma.
The total value of England players reached 1.26 billion euros, the highest value is 120 million euros Kane. Kane has scored 4 goals in 3 knockout games after 3 rounds of 0 goals in the group stage. England’s bench also has €100 million Sancho, €80 million Rashford and Foden, which shows how powerful England’s squad is.
Prediction one： To lift the trophy—England
Prediction two：Italy 1：2 England