EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
On the first Saturday of September the fans of football will enjoy new Italo-Spanish high level battle. By the way, in three years on the 2nd of September 2020 will be celebrated 100th anniversary from the date of the first meeting of two grandees in the history of European and world football. In this period Furia Roja and Squadra Azzurra have officially played 37 meetings in which we see absolute balance +11=15-11.
Spain (the head coach Julen Lopetegui)
The forthcoming 38th meeting of two leaders of the 7th European group G will be held in Madrid on home arena of Real - Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Now the leaders have 16 points each but Furia Roja is taken the first line thanks to the best goal difference.
Julen Lopetegui bid (4-3-3):
de Gea – Carvajal, Ramos, Piqué, Alba – Isco, Busquets, Alcântara – Pedro, Morata, Silva;
Diego Costa, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Vitolo, Nolito are not included into the squad of the 2010 World champions. But ex-forward of Barcelona David Villa had come from New-York.
Italy (the head coach Giampiero Ventura)
In case Squadra Azzurra will lost such important match on Estadio Santiago Bernabéu current coach of the 4 times World champions can step aside for disgraced triumphant of Chelsea Antonio Conte. Giampiero Ventura understands well the situation and that is why he demands victory from his players.
Giampiero Ventura bid (4-4-2):
Buffon - D'Ambrosio, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini – Candreva, Verratti, Parolo, Insigne – Belotti, Immobile;
Domenico Criscito, Riccardo Montolivo, Claudio Marchisio, Giacomo Bonaventura, Graziano Pellè are not included into the squad of Squadra Azzurra.
The favorite of the forthcoming battle according to bookmakers is considered to be Furia Roja. But, to tell the truth, the team of Julen Lopetegui will be pleased even with goalless draw.
But Italy and the head coach needs only victory. It is clear that from the first minutes of the match Isco, Silva, Busquets, Alcântara will totally control the ball and will force the guests to get by with counterattacks. Italy doesn’t like to play without a ball and that is why it will fight for every cm of the field. And that is why the bet on the total of yellow cards is desirable.
Spain– 1.85, draw – 3.40, Italy –5.25;
over 4.0 yellow cards - odds 1.70
Both teams to score - odds 2.35 Unibet