Italy vs Ukraine Betting Tip and Prediction
- Updated: 10th October 2018
Italy vs Ukraine – International Friendly :The Italian team is going through a complicated period
They are a national team with a lot of tradition and with great reputation but right now they’ve hit rock bottom and they are going through a process of reformulation in order to try and return to the limelight.
They’ve failed to qualify for the last World Cup in completely unexpected fashion and on the UEFA Nations League, they’ve drawn 1-1 with Poland at home, having then lost in Portugal by 1-0.
Italy has players with above average quality and they have an experienced manager that is still looking to experiment in order to identify the most important elements of this team.
On this encounter, we will have an Italy making experiments but trying to score and to win. This is a friendly match, but this team needs to win and is under a lot of pressure to do so.
Ukraine is a team that doesn’t usually impress a lot, having some interesting players but not really top-quality players and therefore this team usually struggles to qualify for the World Cups or the EURO’s.
Without great surprise, they’ve failed to qualify for the last World Cup. On the Nations League, they are doing very well and in a balanced group.
They have won away from home in the Czech Republic by 1-2 and then at home, they have beaten Slovakia by 1-0.
Ukraine will, therefore, enforce some rotation on this encounter and they will already be thinking about the match against Czech Republic in the Nations League that will be played a couple of days later.
Certainly, several of their starters won’t play a lot of time because Ukraine is in a good position of their group in the Nations League and therefore this encounter won’t be very important for them.
Italy vs Ukraine – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Italy plays at home in this friendly and I believe they might be able to win. The Italians really need to win this match in order to gain confidence, something they have been lacking on their previous encounters.
The team’s performances have also been underwhelming and for example in Portugal, they have played well below what was expected and they could have even lost by more if it wasn’t for the young Italian goalkeeper that saved them a couple of times.
Ukraine is doing well, they are relaxed, and they will play without pressure in Italy, but they will already be thinking about their duel against Czech Republic.
I see Italy winning this match, since they have a very positive record against the Ukrainians in official matches.
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