First meets second in Group J as Italy travel to Greece for the latest instalment of EURO 2020 qualifying. The Azzurri have started brightly, notching eight goals from their first 180 minutes of action and have yet to concede. Meanwhile, the Sky blue-whites are also undefeated and will pose the biggest threat to Italy along with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the preliminary phase.
Where and when: Olympic Stadium, Athens – 8 June, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Greece vs. Italy: Sky Sports
Last time: The nations last met in 2008, playing out a 1-1 draw with Theofanis Gekas and Luca Toni on the scoresheet.
Greece v Italy Predictions and Preview
Defender Kostas Manolas will be a familiar face for the opposition and is expected to line up with Arsenal ace and national team skipper Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The strong centre-half pairing are the most experienced figures in the Greece squad and will need to use all their knowhow to keep out an improving Italy outfit.
Efthimis Koulouris and Kostas Fortounis should start in attack and are both priced at 4/1 respectively to net anytime. The hosts are 10/3 to claim all three points and 2/1 to earn a share of the spoils.
The travelling Azzurri finally look stabilised after a period of turmoil. Roberto Mancini has a welcome selection dilemma with leading Serie A marksman Fabio Quagliarella, Andrea Belotti, Leonardo Pavoletti and Ciro Immobile all vying for the striker’s jersey.
|Italy to win 2-0||7/1||Offer|
|Nicolo Zaniolo to score last||11/1||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||4/1||Offer|
Quagliarella is likely to get the nod with Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne flanking the 36-year-old in a heavily attack minded starting eleven. The Sampdoria hitman is 7/2 to open proceedings and 10/1 to hit a brace.
Stephan El Shaarawy can consider himself unlucky to start from the substitutes bench after a fine season at club level with Roma. The wideman outperformed Insigne and was one of the Lupi’s best performers in an underwhelming campaign. If Italy are chasing a goal the former Milan attacker will enter the fray and is 3/1 to strike anytime.
The 2006 World Cup winners are 19/20 to make it 3 wins from 3, extending their lead at the top of the standings in the process.
One to watch for the Greece: Fiorin Durmishaj recently made his debut and is a sizable presence at 1.87m. The forward could come in to play in the closing stages if his side are chasing a goal and is 12/1 to get the final effort of the contest.
One to watch for Italy: Moise Kean enjoyed a breakout 2019 with club side Juventus and is 6/1 to register last. Kean, like El Shaarawy, is deserving of a jersey but is certain to be a starter in the not too distant future.
Long shot: Slowly but surely, the Azzurri have adjusted to the methods and demands of Mancini and the goals are starting to flow. A comprehensive 4-0 thrashing in favour of the visitors is priced at 55/1 and would be a significant marker as the group stage hots up.