Italy will look to improve their recent run of form with a win over Northern Ireland when the two sides meet in the World Cup qualifiers this week.
The two sides will meet on the 15th of November at 19:45 pm BST.
The Italians are in mediocre form right now and they will be hoping to pick up a convincing win over Northern Ireland away from home this week. They are coming into this game on the back of a draw against Switzerland.
Furthermore, they could easily drop down to second in their group if they drop points against Northern Ireland. Switzerland are breathing down their necks and they are only behind on goal difference.
Northern Ireland bounced back with a win over Lithuania last time out and they will be looking to pull off an upset here.
Northern Ireland vs Italy team news
Northern Ireland possible starting lineup: Peacock-Farrell; Cathcart, J. Evans, McNair; Dallas, McCann, Davis, Saville, Lewis; Washington, Magennis
Italy possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Chiesa, Belotti, Insigne
Northern Ireland vs Italy form guide
Northern Ireland are coming into this game on the back of one win in their last four matches across all competitions. They have picked up just two wins from seven qualifiers so far.
The home side have also failed to win any of their meetings with Italy. Italy have kept a clean sheet in their last five matches against Northern Ireland in all competitions.
Italy have won just two of their last six matches and they will have to improve in order to grind out a win here. That said, they have an exceptional head to head record against Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland vs Italy betting odds
Here are the latest betting odds for Northern Ireland vs Italy from Betfred:
• Northern Ireland – 14/1
• Draw – 5/1
• Italy – 1/5
• Over 2.5 – 9/11
• Under – 23/20
Northern Ireland vs Italy prediction
Italy are in mediocre form but they are a far superior side compared to Northern Ireland. They should be able to step up and get the job done here.
Roberto Mancini will want his side to finish at the top of their group and this is a must-win game for them.
Prediction: Italy win.
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