This is not a game that immediately sets the pulse racing, although any match featuring Zlatan Ibrahimovic is liable to produce at least a couple of valuable Euro 2016 betting tips.
It’s been a while since Italy had a team that was to be genuinely feared, but you still write them off at your peril. After all, they did go all the way to the final of Euro 2012 and not many pundits rated their chances going into that tournament either.
There is a wealth of international experience in the Sweden squad, but there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of youthful exuberance available. It’s a squad that, Ibrahimovic aside, screams ‘workmanlike’. They could be difficult to beat, but will they be able to win games themselves?
Down the years Italy have tended to get the better of Sweden, although most games in the modern era have tended to be low-scoring. The pre-tournament Italy v Sweden betting odds favour Italy adding to their record of supremacy here.
The opening results for both teams will naturally play a part in where to place any Italy v Sweden free bets, but you would probably be well advised to keep the Italians onside. This isn’t a vintage Italian team, but then the Swedes don’t look anything too special either and there is still just about enough quality and know-how in Antonio Conte’s squad to suggest that (given their group) they will be able to grind out a win or two in France.
It’s been a while since Italy had a goalscorer of note and that could be their biggest issue at Euro 2016. Various strikers have been tried but, as yet, none have really convinced.