The Azzurri – who failed to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup – already have one foot in the next round after beginning the tournament with a stylish 3-0 victory over Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico on opening night that announced Roberto Mancini’s resurgent side as potential contenders to win the European Championship for the first time since 1968.
Switzerland thought they were also on the way to a valuable first win in Baku on Saturday following Breel Embolo’s goal against Wales, only to be pegged back by Kieffer Moore’s header 16 minutes from time.
Vladimir Petkovic and Co will no doubt have one eye firmly fixed on the key clash between Turkey and Wales in Azerbaijan before taking to the pitch in Rome.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Italy vs Switzerland is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The match will be held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.
Where to watch Italy vs Switzerland
TV channel: The match will be televised live on ITV for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will also be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub.
Italy vs Switzerland team news
Mancini will surely want to keep changes to a minimum after such an impressive opening display against Turkey.
However, Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alessandro Florenzi was replaced at half-time by Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Friday and subsequently diagnosed with an inflammatory muscle injury to the right calf.
Key midfielder Marco Verratti returned to training on Sunday five weeks after suffering a knee injury at PSG, though it remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to play any part against Switzerland.
Italy vs Switzerland predicted lineups
Italy predicted XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Switzerland predicted XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodríguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović
Italy vs Switzerland squads
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alex Meret, Salvatore Sirigu
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Emerson, Alessandro Florenzi, Leonardo Spinazzola, Rafael Toloi
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella, Bryan Cristante, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stefano Sensi, Marco Verratti
Forwards: Andrea Belotti, Domenico Berardi, Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Giacomo Raspadori
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Gregor Kobel, Yvon Mvogo
Defenders: Fabian Schar, Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Jordan Lotomba, Becir Omeragic, Silvan Widmer, Loris Benito, Kevin Mbabu, Eray Comert
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Remo Freuler, Edimilson Fernandes, Djibril Sow
Forwards: Haris Seferovic, Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Ruben Vargas, Christian Fassnacht
Italy vs Switzerland prediction
Playing in front of their own fans once more, if Italy are as clinical and relentless as they were on opening night, then they will surely prove too strong for Switzerland.
Petkovic’s men will have been disappointed to let that lead against Wales slip late on and a likely loss here will leave them needing a result against Turkey in Baku on Sunday.
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