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Racing Post - Euro 2020 - 2021-06-03

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Ageing Italy are overrated

EURO 2020 EXPERT EYE

ONE group favourite I can’t have at the prices is Italy in Group A. Yes, home advantage is of course a help but people are getting carried away by their form under Roberto Mancini. Their qualifying group lacked any real substance and three 2-0 wins over Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania in World Cup qualifying tells us nothing. I just think they’re overrated. Is there really much class alongside Marco Verratti? Has Ciro Immobile ever looked like a proven international goalscorer? Will their ageing defence stand firm? Their are too many question marks for me. The amount of travelling Switzerland have to do puts me off them but I reckon Turkey will beat Italy first up and could well take top spot. Two jollies who I would put up, however, are Belgium and the Netherlands. The Low Countries group win double works out at 6-4.

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