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Dean Saunders’ Italy v Wales preview: A draw will suit both teams in Rome

| 16.06.2021

Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Wales throughout Euro 2020

Wales are coming off the back of a tremendous performance against Turkey.

Italy have had two excellent 3-0 victories and only need a point to win the group, while Wales need a point to secure the second spot.

Robert Page should make a few changes and leave his key players out. He will set his team up defensively to try and pick up a 0-0 or 1-1 scoreline. Italy will see out the game goes but will also rest a few.

I think the game will finish as a draw. That would suit both teams and secure Wales’ spot in the last 16, which would be a great achievement.

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Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders is a former professional footballer and manager who played as a striker in a career which lasted from 1982 until 2001.

He played for Liverpool and Aston Villa in the 1990s, and set a new British transfer record when he joined the former from Derby County.

He began at his hometown club Swansea City before also playing for Brighton, Oxford United, Bradford City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United as well as spells at Galatasaray and Benfica.

He was capped 75 times at senior level for Wales between 1986 and 2001, scoring 22 times, making him one of the nation's highest-scoring and most-capped players of all time.