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Italians Look to Improve to 2-0 at Euros

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who saved a point for Sweden in their first match against Ireland, will attempt to carry his team to an upset over an Italian team that is coming off a massive win over Belgium, a team many had pegged to win the tournament.

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  • Italy is unbeaten (3-0-1) in their last four matches with Sweden.
  • Sweden hasn’t gotten past the group stage of the Euros since 2004, when they were beaten in the QF.
  • Sweden has 2 wins, 1 loss and 4 draws in 2016.

Runner’s up of the last Euro’s, Italy is now the favorite to win their group and are -120 on  to take down Sweden, who are +395 underdogs heading into the Friday matchup.

Italy hasn’t won the European championship since 1968 but went unbeaten (7-0-3) in qualifying and hasn’t lost since a 4-1 friendly result with Germany in March. With an infusion of young talent like El Shaarawy and Federico Bernardeschi, Italy is slowly distancing itself from the Andre Pirlo era and creating a new identity since their 2014 World Cup collapse.  

Sweden had to win an aggregate playoff fixture against Denmark to qualify for the Euros and will have their work cut out for them against a much more complete Italian team.

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