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England to win again? Sutton’s predictions – second group games

Sutton's predictions

Match report

This is the game of the tournament so far. I am at this one for Radio 5 Live and I am really looking forward to it.

I keep hearing loads of negativity about Spain, before and after their win over Croatia, and I don’t understand why.

The game was the first in 136 competitive matches where they had less possession than their opponents, but they were extremely efficient at everything they did defensively, and carried a threat too.

You could argue the way they played is similar to what we have seen from Italy in the past, in terms of absorbing pressure and counter-attacking with devastating effect.

As for Italy, they responded really well after going behind against Albania and for all the criticism they have had, they got ahead and missed some big chances to win the game more comfortably.

Because of that it became a bit difficult and nervy for them but they held on to win – and it was only the second time they have come from a goal down to beat anyone at the Euros, since they overcame Bulgaria at Euro 2004.

So, I feel like both teams are in a pretty good place but that does not help me make a prediction, because how on earth do you call this?

I want to pick a winner… so I am going for Spain. If Italy boss Luciano Spalletti has a worry, it is about his backline… and Spain will be able to get at them.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

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