Euro 2020 Semi-final Preview: Italy vs Spain– Probable Starting XI, Key Players and Much More

The game is set to be an intense clash with both sides in form looking to outdo each other.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 5 July 2021 10:51 pm

Match Details

Date: July 7, 2021

Time: 12:30 AM (IST)

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

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Preview:

Italy will meet Spain at the Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday night in what is one of the most anticipated games of Euro 2020. Although both the teams have had a similar style of play until their run in the semifinals, the margin of error would be very little with a place in the final at stake for both the teams. While Spain have managed to sail through a shaky start to reach the semis, scoring 11 goals in their last three matches, Italy have been impressive all through. That only goes on to hint how intense this game is going to get with both sides in-form looking to outdo each other.

Head to Head:

As far as the head to head records are concerned, Spain are ahead in the race. With the two teams facing each other 34 times, Spain have been on the winning side in 12 matches. In contrast, Italy has won nine games with the other fixtures ending in a draw.

Last time, these two teams met in 2017 and even then Spain had got the better of Italy, winning the game 3-0. While in Euro 2012, Spain yet again had the upper hand, in 2016 Euro it was Italy who avenged their defeat.

Key Players:

Ferran Torres:

Minutes: 305 I Matches: 5 I Goals: 2 I Assist: 1 I Top Speed: 30.8 km/hr I Distance: 32.8 km

Ciro Immobile:

Minutes: 329 I Matches: 4 I Goals: 2 I Assist: 1 I Top Speed: 31.7 km/hr I Distance: 39.7 ​km

Team News

Italy:

While Leonardo Spinazzola, Lorenzo Pellegrini are injured and will not be available for selection for this match, Alessandro Florenzi also remains a doubtful starter for this match. The Gli Azzurri, however, do not have suspensions which could impact their on-field strategy.

Spain:

Pablo Sarabia remains the only fitness concern for Spain and they should be able to field their best side other than Sarabia who remains a doubtful for selection.

Probable Starting XI

Italy:

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Emerson Palmieri, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Nicolo Barella, Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile

Spain:

Unai Simon, Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Koke, Pedri, Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata