EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
The calendar battle of Italy and Spain that was held last Saturday in Madrid on Estadio Santiago Bernabéu had slightly reminded the final match of EURO 2012 in Kiev (4:0). After that defeat for 5 years Furia Roja has played 5 matches with Squadra Azzurra but that was the only great defeat of the Italians. And now, after 6 attempts Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, David Silva, Isco and their partners had once again destroyed their famous opponent (3:0).
Group G tournament position
After this new historic victory over its principal opponent Furia Roja had proved its leading position:
Spain – 19, Italy – 16, Albania – 12, Israel – 9 …
And in three left matches the opponents of the World champions 2010 will be the national teams of Liechtenstein (on the 5th of September), Albania (on the 6th of October) and Israel (on the 9th of October). And for the final leadership in the group even with 100% result in the all left matches of the national team of Italy, Furia Roja has to gain only 7 points.
With no rights to choose
It is unlikely that there exist any doubts in the final championship of the team of Julen Lopetegui in the 7th European group. And what about Squadra Azzurra?
Italy has to come to terms with its participation in the November play offs. And that is why the football players of Giampiero Ventura have to forget about the direct berth to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and to aim for new victories during the matches against the mid level teams and underdogs from its sextet.
Let us remind, that according to regulations of the qualification campaign the right for participation in additional play offs are getting 8 out of 9 final vice-champions from each group. And in order not to become the 9 unwanted team, Squadra Azzurra has to gain three victories with the highest possible score .
Italy – 1.15, draw – 7.50, Israel –17.00;
tip: Italy (Asian handicap -2) - odds 1.63 SBOBET