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Betting tips for Italy vs England: European Championship qualifier preview and odds

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Our betting expert has three Italy vs England tips for Thursday’s European Championship Group C qualifier at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, (kick-off, 7.45pm). Scroll down to see the expert analysis behind his selections.

Italy vs England betting tips

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Spoils to be shared in Naples

England have found victories against Italy hard to come by over the years and their wait for another one might have to go on beyond this week.

Although there have been a couple of international friendly wins over the Azzurri, you have to go back to November 1977 for England’s last victory in a competitive fixture between the countries.

Italy have won six and drawn three of the nine meetings in the World Cup, European Championship and Nations League since then, and they have not lost at home to England since a friendly in 1961.

When it comes to recent encounters, things have been more even. Italy won 1-0 in Milan last September but the four previous encounters all finished level after 90 minutes, including the Euro 2020 final that Italy went on to win on penalties.

As both nations feel their way into this Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, it would be little surprise to see a cagey encounter with another stalemate on the cards at 11/5.

Italy vs England tip 1: Draw @ 11/5 with Betfred

Kane can add to tally

While Tottenham Hotspur find themselves battling for a top-four place, striker Harry Kane has been enjoying another impressive season up front for the north London outfit.

Kane has 21 goals in 28 Premier League appearances, second only to Manchester City’s goal machine Erling Haaland.

Manchester United’s in-form striker Marcus Rashford misses the trip to Naples through injury, so Kane will continue to be the focal point of England’s attack on Thursday.

After scoring in England’s last two games at the 2022 World Cup, Kane can make it three on the bounce for his country and is 6/4 to find the back of the net against the Azzurri.

Italy vs England tip 2: Harry Kane to score any time @ 6/4 with Betfred

Goals and corners at a premium

Clashes between England and Italy have rarely been flooded with goals, as the most recent results highlight.

Only seven goals have been scored in the previous five meetings between the nations and under 2.5 total goals would have paid out in all of those matches.

As part of this #PickYourPunt selection with Betfred, it’s worth also considering the total corner market for what could be a game with few chances.

Under 7.5 total corners would have landed in two of the previous three encounters between these sides and that, along with under 2.5 total goals, comes in at an attractive 13/5.

Italy vs England tip 3: Under 2.5 total goals & under 7.5 total corners @ 13/5 with Betfred #PickYourPunt

Italy vs England odds

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