ITALY’S display against Belgium was one of the best in the first round of matches and they should beat a Sweden side over reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Although he created the own goal scored by Ciaran Clark the PSG star was pretty anonymous in the 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland.
And a defence that includes three Juventus men and keeper Gianluigi Buffon is likely to keep him under control.
Italy coach Antonio Conte showed why he’s off to Chelsea after the finals with a tactical masterclass that Belgium boss Marc Wilmots couldn’t handle.
I expect another 2-0 or 1-0 success for Italy so consider them to win to nil at 8-5 with Stan James.
Sweden looked suspect at crosses and corners and that may have been caused partly by an injury to Celtic’s Mikael Lustig who will be missing.
Defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leo Bonucci scored in the qualifers and I’m taking a low-stakes punt on Chiellini to net at 22-1 at 888sport.
Bets to Consider
Italy to win to nil
Chiellini to score
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