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Bet-builder tips: Take a look at our 16/1 shot for Italy vs England

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England kick off their European Championship qualifying campaign with a trip to Naples to face Italy on Thursday (kick-off, 7,45pm GMT) and we have a bet builder priced at odds of 16/1 for the fixture.

Italy vs England bet-builder tips

Odds are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Bet-builder tip 1: England to win

After being knocked out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals by France, England will be looking to get their qualifying campaign off to a good start at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples.

Italy did not even qualify for the tournament in Qatar and lost 2-0 to Austria in a friendly in their most recent game in November. Roberto Mancini has lamented the lack of top-quality Italian players in Serie A so England should be full of confidence.

Gareth Southgate’s side looked like they were getting back to their best at the World Cup before their defeat by France, so there is every chance that they can get back on track against Italy and start their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a victory.

Bet-builder tip 2: Both teams to score 

England and Italy have become familiar rivals lately with three meetings in the past 20 months, including the European Championship final in 2021 that Italy won on penalties.

Both teams scored in that game but there has only been one goal in two matches since. Italy won 1-0 in the last meeting in the Nations League but England can take confidence from Italy’s recent results.

The Azzurri have conceded in their previous two games against Austria and Albania and also shipped five against Germany last year.

Bet-builder tip 3: Harry Kane to score first

Despite Tottenham’s recent struggles, Harry Kane is having a good season on a personal level with 21 goals in 28 Premier League games this term.

The England captain is his country’s joint-record goalscorer and will be looking to add to his tally of 53 goals against Italy.

With two goals in his last two international games, Kane is England’s best hope of finding the net against the Azzurri.

All odds in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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