Team news, injury updates and latest odds for Italy vs Spain ahead of mouthwatering Euro 2020 semi-final
ITALY and Spain meet on Tuesday to battle it out for a place in the Euro 2020 final against either England or Denmark.
Roberto Mancini’s side have been one of the tournament’s most impressive teams, winning all their games.
But Italy face a tough task against Luis Enrique’s Spain, who have scored five times on two occasions.
The game takes place at Wembley on Tuesday, with kick-off at 8pm.
UK viewers can watch it on BBC One for free.
There is also the option to stream it via the BBC iPlayer.
And of course, SunSport will be providing top minute-by-minute-coverage with our live match blog.
ITALY FORM GUIDE
The 2006 World Cup winners won all three of their group games without conceding a single goal.
Turkey, Switzerland and Wales were swept aside to set up a last 16 clash against Austria.
Italy overcame their neighbours 2-1 before beating Belgium by the same scoreline in Friday’s quarter final.
The goals have been spread across the team, with Ciro Immobile, Manuel Locatelli and Matteo Pessina all netting twice so far.
SPAIN FORM GUIDE
The 2008 and 2012 Euro champions could not get a win in their first two group games, drawing 0-0 with Sweden before being held 1-1 by Poland.
A 5-0 win against Slovakia set up a last 16 tie against Croatia, who they beat 5-3.
Spain were then made to sweat by Switzerland in Friday’s quarter final, winning a tense penalty shootout 3-1.
Like Italy, their goals are coming from different positions too, with Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres and Pablo Sarabia all hitting the target twice.
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ITALY TEAM NEWS
One of the tournament’s most impressive players, Leonardo Spinazzola, suffered a cruel Achilles injury against Belgium, ruling him out for six months.
Emerson Palmieri is set to deputise at left-back, while Federico Chiesa looks set to keep Domenico Berardi out of the side at right wing.
Alessandro Florenzi has also recovered from a calf problem sustained in the first group game, but Giovanni Di Lorenzo should continue at right-back after his impressive performances.
Predicted Italy XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
SPAIN TEAM NEWS
Winger Pablo Sarabia is unlikely to feature after suffering a muscle injury against Switzerland.
Dani Olmo is likely to replace him, while Alvaro Morata continues ahead of Gerard Moreno in attack.
Pau Torres should keep his spot in defence despite pressure from Eric Garcia, with Cesar Azpilicueta also playing at right-back instead of Marcos Llorente.
Predicted Spain XI: Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Torres, Morata, Olmo
WATCH OUT FOR…
Ciro Immobile. The Italy striker hasn’t scored since the second group game.
And after receiving a ton of stick for faking an injury against Belgium, Immobile will want to set the record straight by finding the back of the net once more.
FANCY A PUNT?
Get all your Euro 2020 ante-post tips with our tournament betting guide HERE.
Italy win (90 min only) – 29/20 @ Betfair
Spain win (90 min only) – 21/10 @ Betfair
Draw (90 min only) – 11/5 @ Betfair
Italy win (inc ET and pens) – 8/11 @ Betfair
Spain win (inc ET and pens) – 11/10 @ Betfair
Ciro Immobile to have the first shot on target – 6/1 @ Betfair
Lorenzo Insigne to score first – 10/1 @ Betfair
Alvaro Morata to score a header – 11/1 @ Betfair
*All odds correct at time of publication
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