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Who will become the European Champion? Italy is looking for just its second Euro title while England is looking for its first major tournament trophy since the 1966 World Cup. Here's what you need to know. Odds provided by BetMGM.
Italy vs. England
3 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN
Regulation tie (+195)
Over/under: 1.5 goals
How Italy got here
Italy is on a historic unbeaten run entering the Euro 2020 final. Italy hasn’t lost in 33 consecutive games across all competitions and has won every single game in Euro 2020. That’s a record for one tournament and it’s also part of a record for all European competitions. Italy has won 16 consecutive games (including qualifiers) across the European Championships entering Sunday’s game.
How England got here
England is in its first Euro final after not conceding a goal until Mikkel Damsgaard scored in the 30th minute of the semifinal. That was also the first time England had trailed all tournament, though the deficit lasted less than 10 minutes. An own goal tied the game in the 39th minute before Harry Kane’s penalty rebound in extra time put England in the final.
Italy has been a quick-striking team throughout Euro 2020 and was content to let Spain have lots of possession of the ball in the semifinal. That won’t happen on Sunday. England doesn’t play like Spain does and this could be a game where possession is shared pretty evenly.
That’s why the midfield will be key for both teams. Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice have been fantastic in the center of the field for England and Jorginho could end up with the Golden Ball with another sterling performance and an Italy win. He’s part of a midfield three with Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella. Italy will likely stick with its 4-3-3 formation while the only question for England is if it goes for five defenders or sticks with four. England has played the last two games with a back four after using five defenders against Germany.
No matter what formation England goes with, we’re going with an extra time bet after both semifinals needed 30 more minutes.
Regulation tie (+195)
Over 1.5 goals (-200)
Italy to lead at half, regulation ends in a tie (+1200)
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