17th Jun 2016 | Euro 2016

Assured Azzurri

We were robbed in injury time backing Italy to beat Belgium 1-0 but only because Conte's boys exceeded even our expectations.

We flagged up Italy as decent each way contenders at 18/1 and sure enough after one convincing display against Belgium they are nothing longer than 11/1 in the outright market.

Hopes of glory centre around a magnificent defence and whether someone like Graziano Pelle can run hot for a few weeks.

Sweden were abject in their first half display against the Republic of Ireland and although they improved after the break, drawing 1-1 without actually having a shot on target says it all.

The Azzurri should do another professional job on Friday and win to nil at best odds of 7/4 with Betfred.

Odds correct at time of publishing: 02:11 17th Jun, 2016 but subject to change

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