Italy is no longer considered favorites to win major tournaments, but they should never be written off in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Italy has been allotted a favorable group, giving hopes to their European ambitions.
After failing to qualify for the World Cup 2018, the team, with a rich history of football behind them,
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is trying to rebuild their persona in front of the world stage.
They are still dependent on the defensive style of football that they have been always fond of, and it’s been effective too.
Finland impressed well in their Nations League campaign, and rightfully got promoted from their current League C.
It needs to be noted though, that they were pitted alongside the likes of Estonia, Greece etc, whereas taking Italy, at their home, will be a whole different story.
The Finns suffered three defeats in previous four games in all competitions, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Italy has always dominated Finland in h2h games.
The level of superiority has been to such an extent that Finland has never won against Italy.
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Even better, Italy registered wins in the last six meetings and wins to nil in the last four.
Team News of Italy vs Finland
Italy have been in good form lately as they are unbeaten in their last four matches.
Roberto Mancini’s men are coming off a 1-0 victory over the United States in an international friendly back in November.
Matteo Politano’s 90th minute strike was enough to earn the four-time world champions the victory.
The Italians have been excellent at the back lately thanks to the exploits of the Juventus duo of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
They also have quality going forward with the likes of Politano, Ciro Immobile and returning veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella, who has been rolling back the years for Sampdoria this season.
Finland’s recent form has been poor with three defeats in their last four outings placing.
Markku Kanerva’s men are coming off a 2-1 defeat against Estonia in an international friendly in January.
They went two goals down before Rasmus Karjalainen pulled one back 10 minutes from time.
Norwich striker Teemu Pukki often leads the line for Finland and is expected to start on Saturday.
The striker has struggled to carry his club form into the national team having failed to score in his last three matches for the Scandinavians.
Score Prediction: Italy vs Finland
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Italy vs Finland Head-to-head (h2h)
Italians won the last six games in a row.
The last four matches saw Italy registering wins to nil.
The last nine fixtures returned eight Italy wins.
Italy holds a 100% unbeaten record in h2h ties.
Finland managed a single goal in their last five away games.
Italy vs Finland
Europe – Euro Qualifiers
Date: Saturday, 23rd March 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).