Italy v Sweden

Antonio Conte will be hoping Italy can book their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 when they face Sweden on Friday.

The Azzurri, who have been tipped to struggle in the tournament due to a lack of quality within their squad, produced an unexpected performance in their opening fixture against Belgium.

A convincing 2-0 win over the number-one ranked country in the world following a workmanlike performance with defensive solidity has typified the style of football Conte wants to play.

A win against the Swedes, who could only muster a 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland in their first game, will see Conte’s side into the next round.

A lacklustre performance from Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a real worry for Erik Hamren’s men as their captain usually provides the main attacking threat.

“We have to give 300 percent in the next games if we are going to go through,” Hamren told reporters about their 1-1 draw against the Irish.

“It’s good that we didn’t lose but I’m disappointed that we didn’t play at the level we’re able to do in the first 50 minutes.”

Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Eder and Thiago Motta were all booked against Belgium and could prove to be a selection headache for Conte, as one more card could see them miss their final group game.

Graziano Pelle missed a recent training session and is a doubt and Matteo Darmian could be replaced by Mattia De Sciglio.

In the pre-match conference Conte reiterated what his trying to achieve with the team spirit in his squad.

“If we accept being ordinary, it’s not enough. We need to be extraordinary. With this unity of intention, we can do great things,” he said.

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