Italy vs Finland : 2020 UEFA European Championship on Saturday Italy begin their quest to qualify against Finland at Udinese’s Stadio Fruili.
Italy vs Finland
European Championship Qualifying 2020
Place: Dacia Arena – Udine, ITA
Time: 3:45 PM ET
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Italy will be without Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi and Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa. Left-back Cristiano Biraghi told the national team website: “We have a difficult race ahead, but we have to win.”
Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri squad are looking to bounce back after missing out on last summer’s World Cup, when a play-off defeat to Sweden kept Italy out of the tournament for the first time since 1958.
Mancini’s men start as Group J favourites as they turn their attention to the European Championship, but they must take nothing for granted.
Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti were surprise exclusions when Mancini named his squad last week. In-form Fabio Quagliarella, who has not played for his country for eight years, could lead the line for the Azzurri..
Teemu Pukki, who has been in fantastic form for Norwich City this season, will likely spearhead the attack for the visitors.
There is every chance that this will prove be a tight tussle, with goals at something of a premium. Italy have scored more than one goal in just one of their last nine home matches, and there have been fewer than three goals scored in eight of those.
William Hill offer a tempting 13/8 (2.63) that Italy win a match in which fewer than three goals are scored on Saturday evening. The selection would have landed in four of Italy’s last five victories and in seven of Finland’s last nine defeats.