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Women’s international friendly Betting Tips & Predictions: England vs Italy


After a resounding victory on Friday night, will England make it two wins out of two to start 2024?

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2024 is set to be a quiet year for the Lionesses, having failed to qualify for either the Nations League Finals or Olympics, but they began the calendar year in some style four nights ago.

On Friday, England demolished Austria 7-2 in Algeciras, with Arsenal duo Alessia Russo and Beth Mead both bagging braces, Grace Clinton opening her international account and then Jess Carter and Rachel Daly getting in on the act.

This is the first time since the 10-0 drubbing of Luxembourg in September 2022 in Stoke that Sarina Wiegman’s side have scored 7+, doing so in this incidence against the side ranked 17th in the world.

So now, having scored 16 goals across their last three matches, England will be targeting another resounding victory here.

Italy meantime played out a rather unnoteworthy goalless draw with Republic of Ireland in Florence on Friday, mustering just a solitary shot on target all evening at Viola Park.

Le Azzurre endured an mixed 2023, first eliminated in the World Cup group stages, pipped to second spot in their group by South Africa, courtesy of a last-gasp defeat against Banyana Banyana in Wellington.

Then, Italy were decent in their Nations League group, finishing second below world champions Spain, actually beating la Roja 3-2 in Pontevedra back in December.

Nevertheless, given that le Azzurre have won just three of their last nine, an England win seems likely at Estadio Nuevo Mirador.

England half time/full time and over 3.5 goals

When these two met in the Arnold Clark Cup almost exactly 12 months ago, England prevailed 2-1 in Coventry, courtesy of Rachel Daly’s brace, with Sofia Cantore having equalised in-between.

Overall, the Lionesses are unbeaten in four meetings with le Azzurre, winning three of them, their most-recent defeat coming in the 2012 Cyprus Cup.

Given that England’s last three matches have witnessed 20 goals, another goal-fest seems likely.

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Alessia Russo to score anytime

Alessia Russo could’ve played for Italy, she’s of Sicilian ancestry, but will be looking to score against them for the first time here.

The Arsenal striker bagged a brace on Friday, taking her tally to 17 international goals, so we’re backing her to add to this tally at Estadio Nuevo Mirador.

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Alessia Russo to score anytime

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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