Italy v Spain – Stade de France at 17:00 live on BBC One
We’re into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and here we will see two possible finalists at the start of the competition meet in the round of 16, as holders Spain take on Italy at the Stade de France on Monday evening.
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Italy head into this match finishing top of Group E having won two and lost one, as well as scoring three and conceding one.
Antonio Conte’s last match saw his side lose 1-0 to Republic of Ireland in Lille; Robbie Brady scoring the late winner against a weakened side.
Heading into the tournament, the Blues had only won two of their last five matches in all competitions, while in qualification Conte’s side finished top of group H unbeaten and winning seven of their ten matches.
Both Antonio Candreva and Federico Bernardeschi sit out injured, while there are no suspensions for Monday.
This is Italy’s ninth European tournament having only won it once back in 1968, while they have finished runners-up twice in both 2000 and 2012.
Spain, on the other hand, head into this match finishing second in group D after winning two and losing one.
Vicente Del Bosque’s last game ending in a 2-1 defeat to Croatia in Bordeaux; Alvaro Morata scoring the opener.
Heading into this tournament, the reigning champions had only lost one of their previous five in all competitions, while in qualification Spain finished top of group C winning nine of their ten matches and losing one.
There are no suspensions within the Spain squad, as they head into this round of 16 tie with a clean bill of health.
Del Bosque’s side are playing in their ninth European tournament, and have won the cup back to back in 2008 and 2012. Furthermore, this nation has won the cup three times.
The last time these two sides met, the match finished 1-1. However, they have met i the 2012 final where Spain won 4-0 in Ukraine. However, Italy have only beaten Spain once since 1994.
I’m having problems choosing a winner from this one. If Italy perform how they did against Belgium, we will be looking at a shock result, but they will also be hunting for revenge following 2012. Expect a tight match and one lacking goals.
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