Liechtenstein welcome table toppers Italy to the Rheinpark Stadion with the Azzurri looking to cement their automatic qualification for Euro 2020.
Italy currently sit on top of Group J of Euro 2020 qualification with 15 points; however, they have a game with Greece before this match rolls around that could see them automatically qualified for Euro 2020 if other results go their way. The Azzurri under new Coach Roberto Mancini have been playing some nice possession-based football and will have far too much quality for Liechtenstein to cope with.
ITALY TO WIN THE GAME BY A FOUR GOAL MARGIN
Depending on whether those results go their way on match day seven Coach Mancini could put out a completely changed side to face the little Alpine nation. The former Manchester City boss has called up a young squad and could potentially give some of his fringe players a run out in this one. Lazio hitman Ciro Immobile will be looking to get on the scoresheet after he ended his international goal drought in the 2-1 win away to Finland in September.
MATCH TO END WITH OVER 4 GOALS
Italy have scored in both halves in four of their six Group J matches so far and hit Liechtenstein for six at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in March, thanks to goals from Stefano Sensi, Marco Verratti, Moise Kean, Leonardo Pavoletti, and a Fabio Quagliarella brace. However, many of that team that won 6-0 are missing out, Inter midfielder Sensi has withdrawn from the squad through injury, Pavoletti is ruled out long term and last season’s Serie A top scorer Quagliarella not selected, while Everton striker Kean was called up to the U-21 team.
ITALY TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES
In the previous three games played between these sides, the Azzurri have won all three scoring 15 times and keeping clean sheets in every match. After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia Italy will want to reach next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament in style.
GAME TO END 0-4
Head to Head
These sides last met in March in the Stadio Ennio Tardini and the Azzurri ran out 6-0 winners. The teams met previously in qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Italy won both games 5-0 at home and 4-0 away.
The match to end in an Italy win.
Liechtenstein have picked up just one point so far in Euro 2020 qualifying and that was a 1-1 draw away to Greece in September. The team from the tiny Principality will have their work cut out for them to keep the score down against a side that is playing with confidence.
Italy, on the other hand, could have sealed automatic qualification in their match at home with Greece which precedes this one and could use this game to give some of their fringe players a game. Napoli right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo received his first call up to the squad and could make his debut either in this game of the one against the Greeks.
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