Italy come into this tournament as outsiders to win the tournament at 11/1 having won their last international tournament in 2006 at the World Cup in Germany. Since then, the Azzuri did reach the final of Euro 2012 but were thumped 4-0 in the final at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.
This is Italy’s first tournament since Euro 2016, having disastrously failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, as they were knocked out in the playoffs to Sweden in the qualifiers. Since then, there has been changes for Italy, as they are now managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
The Italians take on the likes of Switzerland, Turkey and Wales in Group A and will be expecting to qualify as group winners in what could be a slightly tricky group. Mancini’s side do have a good mix of experience and youth, as the likes of Gianluigi Donarumma, Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini will be playing in their first senior tournaments, whilst the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile will provide a lot of big match experience and quality all over the pitch.
Mancini has never managed at an international tournament, so this will be a new experience for the 56-year-old who has managed an array of club sides including Lazio, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, winning 13 honours. The former City man has already shown his capabilities as an international manager, leading his side to the Nations League semi-finals, having topped a group consisting of the Netherlands, Poland and Bosnia & Herzegovina, winning three and drawing three, conceding just two goals.
Italy are priced at 8/15 to win Group A.