Preview: Italy vs. Wales

Preview: Italy vs. Wales

Wales will be looking to make certain of their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a point against Europe’s form side Italy at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

The Dragons have picked up four points from their opening two Group A games, while Italy have a perfect six from six and are already through to the next round.

After snatching a somewhat fortunate point off Switzerland in their opening game, Wales produced a superb display to see off Turkey 2-0 on Wednesday.

It was a performance that brought back memories of 2016 and their famous run to the semi-finals of the last Euros, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey stepping up on the night.

Bale may have skied a penalty, but he set up Ramsey for the opening goal and then teed up Connor Roberts late on for a killer second.

That win leaves Wales all but assured of a place in the last 16 for the second tournament running due to the fact that four of the best third-placed sides advance.

A point will guarantee second place, a win will see them through as group winners, while a defeat may also see them progress as runners-up should Switzerland fail to beat Turkey.

Rob Page is likely to take the opportunity to rotate his side for this trip to Rome, meaning that his key men will be fit for the last 16.

That is also expected to be the case for Italy, although Roberto Mancini will also be eager to keep his side’s momentum going with three more points on Sunday.

The Azzurri have won their first two games 3-0, against Turkey and then Switzerland, having previously failed to score three goals in a game at the European Championships.

Italy are now unbeaten in their last 29 matches in all competitions, winning 24 of those since a 1-0 loss to Portugal in September 2018.

If they avoid defeat against Wales, they will equal their all-time longest unbeaten run of 30 games between November 1935 and July 1939.

It has been quite the turnaround for Italy after missing out on the last World Cup, though with good performances and results comes added expectation.

The last three matches between Italy and Wales played on Italian soil have produced 11 goals, all scored by Italy.

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