IOL Sport’s football gurus look at and predict who will be the Champions of Euro 2020 and who will be crowned the kings at the Copa America.
England v Italy: Italy to win 1-0
Gareth Southgate’s team have exceeded expectations in this tournament but Italy have proven to be slightly more structured in their play. Southgate has done well in this tournament but it’s safe to say that Roberto Mancini is a more tactically astute manager than him. For the first time in the tournament, Southgate’s tactics will be strongly tested.
Brazil v Argentina to win 2-1
Messi will finally win his first-ever major international tournament. Argentina will be more motivated to go all-out and win this game than their arch-rivals who are defending Champions, especially as this could be Messi’s last ever Copa America.
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Italy v England: England to win 2-1
England to win in a 2-1 might go to extra-time as the Italians will not give up. The home ground advantage for England is a major factor.
Brazil v Argentina: Argentina to win 3-2
Its a tough choice between Brazil and Argentina but my heart wants Messi to win a major tournament for Argentina 3-2 to the Argentines, Neymar to score for Brazil in an empty stadium in Rio.
Italy to win
The Italians were not at their best against Spain. But they got the business done, defeating La Roja on the lottery of penalties. But they were not a bad team overnight. That’s why I expect them to beat England – at their home ground, Wembley. But that’s why players like Lorenzo Isigne and Ciro Immobile will need to step up.
Brazil to win
It’s coming home – Brazil that is. For sometime, Brazil has missed out on a major silverware, despite the talent at their disposal. Argentina may have Lionel Messi, arguably, one of the best players on the planet. But he hasn’t won a major tournament with the national team. So I don’t expect him to do that on Sunday night.