England the favourite over Italy on Euro 2020 title odds

James Sharman and Craig Forrest look ahead and preview Sunday's Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England at Wembley.

Two traditional powerhouses looking to end lengthy championship droughts in major tournament play are set to clash on Sunday as England takes on Italy in the Euro 2020 final as slim -125 favourites on the betting futures at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

England escaped with a narrow 2-1 victory over Denmark in semifinal action, and will make their first appearance in a major tournament final since the 1966 FIFA World Cup when they hit the pitch for Sunday's matchup at Wembley Stadium.

England have blazed their trail to the Euro 2020 final with stingy defensive play, surrendering just one total marker through their first six tournament contests. Overall, the English ride a 12-match undefeated streak across all competitions, keeping clean sheets on 10 occasions during that stretch.

The Three Lions have also benefited from big offensive performances from Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Kane enters Sunday's match with a team-high four goals, and sports +200 odds at online betting sites of emerging as the top goalscorer at this year's tournament.

Sterling lags behind Kane with three goals, but it has been the timing of those markers that have lifted the 26-year-old to the top of the odds as a +350 favourite to be named the tournament's top player. The Manchester City star was the only English player to find the back of the net during the group stage, and followed up by opening the scoring in the team's 2-0 win over Germany in the Round of 16.

Despite their steady performance, England face the challenge of rewriting a losing narrative dating back 55 years. The team failed to reach a major tournament final during that stretch, and have not recorded a win over Italy in non-friendly play since 1977.

Italy will be looking to extend England's historical woes when they kick off Sunday's match as +200 underdogs on the three-way moneyline. Like England, the Azzurri have powered their run to the final with strong defensive play. Unbeaten in 33 matches across all competitions, including six straight wins at this year's tournament, Italy have surrendered just 10 total goals during that stretch.

However, the team saw a stretch of 11 straight clean sheet wins come to an end during the knockout stage, allowing a single goal in each of their three recent wins, capped by their victory on penalties over Spain in the semifinals.

Italy have enjoyed much greater success on the international stage, with the Azzurri having made seven appearances in major tournament finals starting with their 1968 European Cup win. However, they have been outscored by a combined 6-1 margin while falling to defeat in their past two trips to the Euro final in 2012 and 2000.

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