This international friendly may not be much of a fair fight, as Italy host Estonia at Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi on Wednesday night. At the home of the Viola, the Azzurri are looking to hit a purple patch as they face two Nations League fixtures after this warm-up game.
Where and when: Stadio Artemio Franchi – 11 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Italy vs. Estonia: Sky Sports
Last time: Italy cruised to a 3-0 victory over Estonia in Modena the last time the countries met. Giuseppe Rossi, Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini got the goals for the Azzurri in the qualifier for Euro 2012.
Italy v Estonia Predictions and Preview
Italy have a perfect record against Estonia, and they could hardly have picked a better opponent to try to build up some momentum ahead of their key Nations League fixtures in the coming days. The Azzurri have won all six of their games against the Blueshirts, and are strong favourites to continue that run here.
Roberto Mancini’s revolution depends on building up the positivity, so cherry-picking opponents like this for a friendly seems an obvious move. Italy have scored 16 goals and conceded only two in their six games against Estonia, with a fifth win to nil against the Blueshirts looking like a sure thing at 1/10 for Wednesday’s encounter.
While their hosts in this game are looking to overhaul Poland in the coming week at the top of Group A1, Estonia are down in Group C2 and bottom of their section. Given the group contains Armenia, Georgia and North Macedonia, it’s clear that Karel Voolaid’s side should prove easy to dispatch for Italy.
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Italy to win to nil
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The Azzurri will be confident of doing just that before their games against Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Nations League, and they have a decent blend of youth and experience in their squad. Leonardo Bonucci will win his 100th cap the next time he runs out for his country, while Giorgio Chiellini is now on 105.
Nicolo Barella has been in good form for Inter this season, producing a stunning flick to set up Lautaro Martinez against Real Madrid in the Champions League last week, while Moise Kean is expected to get an opportunity here following a decent start to life at Paris Saint-Germain. Quite simply, Estonia cannot compete with the kind of quality Italy possess throughout their squad, even if Mancini hands his fringe players a chance. The visitors are 28/1 with William Hill, with the draw at 10/1.
One to watch for Italy: Moise Kean’s dreadful spell at Everton looks to be consigned to history, with the 20-year-old’s career back on track at PSG. He is 9/2 to break the deadlock here after four goals in six games so far for the Ligue 1 champions, and two in eight appearances for the Azzurri coming into these Italy v Estonia predictions.
One to watch for Estonia: Veteran midfielder Konstantin Vassiljev captains the visitors, and the 36-year-old will win his 124th cap if he plays in this game. He’s scored 25 goals for his country, which is 20 more than anyone else in the squad and eight more than the other 21 players combined, and 22/1
Long shot: Italy brushed Estonia aside 3-0 the last time the countries met, while the Azzurri average exactly three goals per game in their last three matches against the Blueshirts. Another 3-0 victory for the Azzurri is well worth a look here at 11/2, with those odds rising to 32/1 if you add Kean as the first scorer.