Juventus Stadium - Euro 2020 Qualifying
Italy continue the process of rising from the ashes of their failed qualifying campaign for the last World Cup with a home game against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Azzurri have a 100% record at the start of this Euro 2020 campaign, and they should make it four wins from four on Tuesday.
These countries have only ever locked horns once before, which was in a friendly back in 1996. Bosnia-Herzegovina upset their more illustrious opponents with a 2-1 victory that day - it’d be some result if they can shock Italy by beating Roberto Mancini’s side this week.
Andrea Belotti got the nod to start for Italy against Greece on Saturday, and the Torino striker’s expected to keep his place ahead of Serie A top scorer Fabio Quagliarella for this one. Experienced central defensive duo Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will be tough for the visitors to break down.
Bosnia head coach Robert Prosinecki could make a couple of changes after his team lost 2-0 in Finland over the weekend. Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko captains the Dragons, and is set to pick up his 103rd international cap in this game.
Italy v Bosnia-Herzegovina Preview and Predictions
There’s plenty of quality in this Italian squad, and that means Roberto Mancini’s rebuilding job should continue apace in this game. The Azzurri have won their last four games, and all of their fixtures in this qualifying campaign. Bosnia-Herzegovina meanwhile will have to come up with an exceptional performance if they’re going to upset the odds.
Italy are in control of this qualifying group so far, scoring 11 goals in winning their first three matches, and conceding none in the process. Their 3-0 victory in Greece on Saturday saw Mancini’s side score three times in 10 first-half minutes to wrap up the points, in what was their first away game of the campaign.
Bosnia meanwhile went down 2-0 in Finland, so they stay on four points from their first three matches, after following up a victory over Armenia with a somewhat disappointing draw at home to Greece.
In what’s shaping up to be a battle to finish second behind Italy, any points the rest can take from the Azzurri could prove crucial. The home team are strong favourites to get the win here though, priced at 4/7 in the betting. Bosnia are 17/2 for the win, while the draw’s available at 7/2.
Italy to win to nil at 21/10
The Azzurri are yet to concede a goal in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, and there’s a good chance that will continue against the Bosnians.
Lorenzo Insigne to score anytime at 2/1
The Napoli forward needs to add more goals to his game at international level, after scoring his fifth in 31 appearances for the Azzurri at the weekend.