Group 1 frontrunners Italy visit Poland in a pivotal round of Nations League fixtures. The Azzurri will go four points clear with a victory, ahead of the blockbuster showdown with Netherlands and Roberto Mancini’s troops will be in confident mood after scoring 27 goals from the last seven matches.
Where and when: Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk – 11 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Poland vs. Italy: Sky Sports Red Button
Last time: Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini struck in the 2011 friendly.
Poland v Italy Predictions and Preview
Jerzy Brzęczek has been boosted by the return of hitman Robert Lewandowski. The world class striker missed the games with Holland and Bosnia and Herzegovina but will go straight in to the line-up on Sunday.
Lewandowski struck on 55 occasions in all competitions last year, 16 more than closest rival Ciro Immobile and would have almost certainly scooped the Ballon d’Or if football’s top individual prize had been awarded.
The 32-year-old memorably won the treble with Bayern Munich and has begun the new season in a similar vein with a quadruple against Hertha Berlin. The Eagles skipper is 7/2 to open proceedings and will be joined upfront by Arek Milik.
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The Napoli owned ace is in limbo at club level after failing to secure a summer move and has been told to train separately until the January window opens. Milik is 7/1 to register first and Poland are 29/10 to chalk up the win.
In the opposing camp, Mancini will go with Immobile ahead of Andrea Belotti and Francesco Caputo as the lone striker. The Lazio talisman is 10/3 to break the deadlock and will relish the battle with fellow hotshot Lewandowski.
Caputo should feature after the break after scoring on debut in the encounter with Moldova. Excluding a solitary campaign in 2010, the well-travelled 33-year-old has only played top flight football for three years and his form could not go unnoticed any longer.
Caputo has bagged 40 efforts from his last 77 Serie A appearances and another 15-20 goal haul will ensure his place in Mancini’s party for the European Championship. The Sassuolo idol is 9/2 to notch last, while new Juventus recruit Federico Chiesa is available at 13/2.
The ex-Fiorentina winger finally sealed a switch to the champions after months of speculation and has the edge ahead of Domenico Berardi for the wide right role. Italy are 19/20 to come away with the spoils and the draw is 11/5.
One to watch for Poland: Krzysztof Piątek shot to fame with Genoa before earning a big money move to Milan. The Dzierżoniów native is now turning out for Hertha and is 7/1 to score last.
One to watch for Italy: Stephan El Shaarawy repaid his manager’s faith with a brace in Florence after a surprise recall to the national setup. The Shanghai Shenhua forward is 6/1 in the same market.
Long shot: Italy hit Moldova for six and if EURO 2020 had taken place in June, the Azzurri would have deservedly been amongst the favourites. Poland are not to be dismissed, particularly on home territory, but Mancini’s group are a class above and a 4-1 success is 40/1.