Roberto Mancini’s Italy are looking to make it seven wins from seven this weekend as they welcome Greece to the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening. The visitors are without a win since beating Liechtenstein in their opening Euro 2020 qualifying fixture back in March.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 12 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Italy vs. Greece: Sky Sports
Last time: First-half goals from Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci saw Italy ease to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Greece in Athens in June.
Italy v Greece Predictions and Preview
It’s all suddenly looking very rosy for Italy after the catastrophe of missing out on last summer’s World Cup, as Roberto Mancini’s revolution continues apace. The Azzurri have won all of their opening six Euro 2020 qualifiers so far, while Greece are facing an uphill task in their bid to reach next summer’s showpiece.
After only winning one of their first six fixtures, the Galanolefki are languishing seven points behind second-placed Finland. With no safety net from the Nations League, John van’t Schip’s side are looking incredibly unlikely to be able to reach Euro 2020. That could mean the pressure’s off this weekend, but their performances so far have shown little to suggest they can upset the odds and beat Italy in their own backyard.
The Azzurri on the other hand are unbeaten in their last 10 games, winning eight. They’ve scored 18 goals in their first six qualifiers, conceding only three. Mancini’s side were a cut above Greece when the teams met earlier in the campaign, and the gulf in class could be even more evident with the Azzurri enjoying home advantage this weekend.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Italy to win to nil||4/7||Offer|
|Immobile to score first and Italy to win 3-0||17/1||Offer|
|Insigne to score first||9/2||Offer|
They may have been shorn of a huge amount of experience, but captain Bonucci remains a steady presence in central defence, while Marco Verratti, Jorginho and Federico Bernardeschi are all classy players in midfield. There’s goals up top, although Insigne, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti all have work to do to prove they’re international standard.
This match provides those forwards with the chance to do just that, with Italy the strong favourites to make it a magnificent seven on Saturday. The Azzurri are 2/9 to get the win this weekend, while Greece are available at 18/1, showing how little chance the bookmakers are giving the visitors. If you think the Galanolefki can earn a very credible draw, that’s available at 6/1.
One to watch for Italy: Lorenzo Insigne has scored in each of his last two appearances for the Azzurri, including against Greece in June. The Napoli forward is 9/2 to open the scoring in the return.
One to watch for Greece: Olympiacos midfielder Konstantinos Fortounis has managed three goals so far in this qualifying campaign, including one from the penalty spot. He is 20/1 to score first this weekend.
Long shot: Italy are averaging exactly three goals a game after six qualifying fixtures, and beat Greece 3-0 earlier in the campaign. The Azzurri are 6/1 to win by the same scoreline here, rising to 17/1 with Ciro Immobile scoring first.