In this episode, UK football betting expert Charlie Mullan and I preview Sunday's UEFA Euro 2020 final between Italy and England. First, we recap two memorable semi-finals, which saw Italy outlast Spain on penalties, and England end its semi-final jinx against Denmark. We talk about how Italy played a defensive game against Spain's possession while England finally faced adversity against the Danes. We also talk about the roles both managers have done in getting Italy and England to the final. Roberto Mancini has turned Italy from a country that missed the 2018 World Cup to an elite nation. Charlie mentions how Gareth Southgate has molded from a player who missed the deciding penalty in 1996 to one game from England's first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup. Southgate has also now been afraid of using players from any club whether they were in a major European tournament or not. We also breakdown the projected starting lineups starting from goalkeeper to attackers. With both teams playing 120 minutes, we debate fatigue and how the substitutions will affect Sunday's game.
With both of us into numbers, we look at our favorite props and odds for Sunday's match.
Finally, we pick Sunday's final. Both of us see England winning. Charlie believes England will get a 1-0 win while I believe the Three Lions will win a penalty shootout at Wembley.