Spain vs Italy Preview: Match Lineup, News & Prediction

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Spain vs Italy UEFA Nations League Preview: Match Lineup, News & Prediction
Spain vs Italy - who will come out on top?

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In this article, we will give you the best fantasy combinations, probable lineups, team news, key stats and grand league tips for the UEFA Nations League – Semi-final match between Spain v Italy.

Spain vs Italy Match Details:

League: UEFA Nations League – Semi-final

Venue: De Grolsch Veste, Enschede, Netherlands

Time: 16th June, 12:15 am

Spain vs Italy Preview

Spain face Italy yet again in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals, as the two European heavyweights lock horns in Enschede on Thursday night. Spain did not particularly have a great start to their Nations League campaign, with consecutive draws to Portugal and Czechia. However, three wins in the next four meant La Roja topped their group to eventually enter the final four. A late 88th minute Alvaro Morata strike against Portugal on the final day proved to be the deciding factor at Braga, with the visitors that day finishing on 11 points, 1 more than second placed Portugal. Luis Enrique’s side didn’t particularly have an impressive World Cup campaign as well, qualifying from their group over Germany just on goal difference, before being eliminated by Morocco in the Round of 16. This defeat saw Luis Enrique packing his bags and replaced by Luis da le Fuente, the former U-19 and U-21 Barcelona boss. Since then, Spain has played 2 games in the Euro qualifiers, winning 3-0 against Norway and defeated convincingly by Scotland in March. La Roja will have to be on top form to replicate their performance as they did against Italy in the semi-finals in 2021, where they emerged victorious 2-1 before eventually losing out to France in the finals.

The Italians, just like Spain had an underwhelming start to their UEFA Nations League group campaign, registering just a single win in their first 4 matches. However, victories against England and Hungary in the final 2 games saw Mancini’s side qualify for the final 4. Having earlier failed to qualify for Qatar 2022 after a playoff loss against North Macedonia and a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Argentina saw Mancini have his job under threat. The former Manchester City manager will want redemption against Spain, who beat them last time around in 2021, with the Azzurri having to settle with a bronze medal. Their form however leading up to Thursday’s match hasn’t been inspiring. The started their Euro qualification campaign with a 2-1 loss to England after being beaten 2-0 by Austria in November 2022. Although they secured a 2-0 victory against Malta in their second game of Euro qualification, they face a much sterner test this time around as they look to restore the Italian pride by going all the way in Netherlands.

Spain v Italy Prediction:

Spain 2-1 Italy


Spain and Italy Key Stats:

Goals:

Spain: P Sarabia, A Morata (2), P Gavira, J Alba, C Soler (1)

Italy: G Raspadori, L Pellegrini (2), N Barella, F Dimarco (1)

Assists: 

Spain: M Asensio (3), P Sarabia, Rodri, M Llorente (1)

Italy: F Dimarco (2), B Cristante, M Politano, L Spinazzola (1)

Tackles:

Spain: D Carvajal (5), P Gavira, S Busquets, Rodri (4)

Italy: N Barella (6), F Dimarco, R Toloi (5), Jorginho (4)

Interceptions:

Spain: S Busquets (10), E Garcia (7), D Llorente (5)

Italy: A Bastoni (10), B Cristante (8), G di Lorenzo (5)

Chances Created:

Spain: D Carvajal (5), D Ceballos (3), F Ruiz, N Williams, P Gavira (1)

Italy: M Politano (6), L Pellegrini, Emerson Palmieri (3), S Tonali (2)


Spain vs Italy Probable Lineups:

Spain: Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Alba; Rodri, Zubimendi, Merino; Asensio, Morata, Gavira

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bastoni, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Retegui, Pellegrini

Unavailable Players:

Spain: S Busquets, Pedri

Italy: D Berardi, M Pessina


Spain vs Italy Fantasy Combination:

Gk: U Simon

Def: G Di Lorenzo, L Spinazzola, D Carvajal

Mid: P Gavira, N Barella, L Pellegrini (vC), M Asensio

Fwd: M Retegui, A Morata (C), F Chiesa

Spain vs Italy Captaincy Picks:

A Morata, L Pellegrini, M Asensio

Spain vs Italy Grand League Picks:

M Retegui, P Gavira, G Di Lorenzo