England to exploit lacklustre Italy

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Gareth Southgate

England will hope to take advantage of an out of sorts Italy when the pair meet at Wembley on Tuesday evening.

The Three Lions may not possess the same talent as past vintages but seem to be building some cohesion under Gareth Southgate, while the Azzurri are in limbo after missing out on the World Cup.

Arguably the main change Southgate has made is playing three at the back, ironically a plan that was brought back into fashion by the Italians.

After winning 1-0 in The Netherlands on Friday, England are expected to rotate, with Jack Butland a confirmed starter between the posts.

James Tarkowski is likely to be given a debut in defence, while Jamie Vardy could also get the nod in attack.

His pace could trouble an Italy team shorn of some of the legends they have built their spine around in past years.

Gianluigi Buffon is available, although youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma may get the nod, in what will be seen by some as a changing of the guard.

Nonetheless, the lack of potency ahead of whoever wears the gloves remains a worry for the Azzurri and although Andrea Belotti is talented, getting the ball was again an issue in Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Argentina.

These types of games are often cagey and a repeat of the draw these two played out in 2015 could be the option at 21/10.

However, England seem to be on to something good at the moment and have developed a happy knack of keeping things tight at the back, producing five clean sheets in a row.

Therefore, a home win at 23/20 could be the option, with that outcome to zero priced at 15/4.

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