Italy host Portugal in the Nations League on Saturday, knowing that only a victory will do. If the visitors get a point, they will win Group A3 with a game to spare and advance to next summer’s finals.
Where and when: San Siro – 17 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Italy vs. Portugal: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Andre Silva got the only goal of the game as Portugal won 1-0 in the countries’ first Nations League meeting in September.
Italy v Portugal Predictions and Preview
It’s win or bust for Italy if they want to have any chance of rebuilding their international reputation with an appearance at the finals of the inaugural Nations League. Portugal still have a home game against Poland to make sure of top spot, but an Azzurri victory could at least add a little spice to this section.
Italy finally picked up their first win in six last month against Poland. That was only their second victory in the last year, with the other a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia. It’s been a tough start to life in charge of the Azzurri for former player Roberto Mancini, but a victory in this final Nations League tie would be a major boost against the reigning European champions.
|Italy to win 3-1||18/1||Offer|
|Immobile to score first||5/1||Offer|
|Portugal to win 1-0||15/2||Offer|
The hosts are 5/4 to get the win, starting as favourites despite their poor form of late. Portugal meanwhile are 13/5, as they look to maintain their 100% start in this new competition with their third successive victory over Italy. The Seleção das Quinas will have to do that without Cristiano Ronaldo once again, but Andre Silva has been in excellent form for club and country this season, and will be a threat in the Juventus star’s absence.
The draw on Saturday is 2/1, and that would seal Portugal’s spot in the finals which will take place in June of next year. Fernando Santos’s side drew two of their four games at the World Cup, while Italy have drawn three of their last five fixtures. The Azzurri should line up with Chelsea playmaker Jorginho in their side, while Mancini will hope Ciro Immobile can finally transfer his domestic form to the international stage.
One to watch for Italy: Ciro Immobile has nine goals in 12 games so far this season for Lazio, after plundering an incredible 41 goals for the Roman outfit last term. He is 5/1 for the first goal on Saturday.
One to watch for Portugal: Andre Silva averages almost one in two for Portugal, and has seven goals in 10 La Liga appearances this term on loan at Sevilla from AC Milan. He is 6/1 to net the first goal of the game.
Long shot: Italy went 11 games unbeaten against Portugal between 1980 and 2008, winning 10 of those fixtures. The Azzurri won the first and last games in that run 3-1, and they’re 18/1 to repeat that result on Saturday.