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England v Italy, Berne, Switzerland
International friendly
K.O 20:00, ITV 1

(Max 10 only)
24 Jun 2012 Euro 2012 England 0-0 aet (2-4 pens) Italy
27 Mar 2002 International friendly England 1-2 Italy
15 Nov 2000 International friendly Italy 1-0 England
11 Oct 1997 World Cup qualifier Italy 0-0 England
04 Jun 1997 International friendly England 2-0 Italy
12 Feb 1997 World Cup qualifier England 0-1 Italy
07 Jul 1990 World Cup qualifier Italy 2-1 England
15 Nov 1989 International friendly England 0-0 Italy
06 Jun 1985 International England 1-2 Italy
15 Jun 1980 Euro 1980 Italy 1-0 England

Despite not reaching the semifinals of a major competition since hosting the 1996 European Championships – and being comfortably outclassed when losing to Italy at the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 – England have been elevated to the dizzy heights of third place in FIFA’s latest rankings.

Italy, the four-time World Cup winners and 2006 champions, finished runners-up to Spain in the final of Euro 2012, but are considered only the world’s sixth best footballing nation.

That is because the system analyses all international matches – competitive and exhibition – over a rolling four-year period, thus not penalising England for their poor showings on the biggest stage.

And it would be no surprise to see England win when the countries meet this evening in Berne, Switzerland.

Roy Hodgson’s side are 2.57 favorites for victory, having performed well in friendly matches during the past year, when they have beaten Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Spain, and only lost narrowly to Holland.

In the their past five non-competitive fixtures, the Azzurri, available at 3.2 on BETDAQ, have also beaten Spain, as well as Poland, but lost their last three, to Uruguay, USA and Russia.

That said, Hodgson has seen members of his squad drop like flies since the initial announcement and he will use the contest to blood a number of youngsters, meaning it could pay to look away from the outright market.

With June’s goalless match still fresh in the memory, backing under 1.5 goals appeals at 2.73.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)
Back under 1.5 goals at around 2.73 on BETDAQ: 4 points

Tuesday: -5 points

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