Italy are ticking over nicely in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. It has been three wins from three and are yet to concede a goal in the group. Next for them comes the challenge of Bosnia who suffered a pretty big setback on the weekend with a 2-0 defeat in Finland. Can Italy keep their strong momentum going? Read our Italy v Bosnia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
It is a four-match winning streak that Italy find themselves on at the moment. On the weekend they collected a 3-0 success out in Greece making it three wins from three in their Euro 2020 qualification group. Across their three qualifiers so far Italy have scored 11 unanswered goals. The defensive output of Italy has been superb, really going back to their Nations League campaign. They have not conceded a single goal in any of their last six games played now and have earned one in seven of their last eight. So that is some impressive output and it does hint at them being on a pretty good trajectory.
To be realistic this is a pretty easy qualification group that they have in front of them and it would be a major surprise if they didn’t win it. The Italians do look a little bit as if they are still trying to find their best side but with a goal in two of their three European championship qualifiers so far, Nicolo Barella may be worth considering in the anytime goalscorer market. Just looking back at their game against Greece on the weekend, Italy took 70% possession and produced 10 shots on target in the fixture.
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two nations in Italy
Bosnia have earned four points from their opening three Euro 2020 qualification matches. Considering the difficulty of this away game they will probably be happy with just picking up a point out of it. They started their qualification campaign with a 2-1 home success over Armenia, before being held to a 2-2 draw at home against Greece. But then they had a pretty major collapse on the weekend as they suffered a 2-0 reverse out in Finland. This trip to Italy will be their toughest fixture of the entire qualification campaign.
Bosnia have won only one of their last five fixtures played, which was their success over Armenia (D2 L2). Bosnia have also been having a bit of trouble putting the ball in the back of the net as they have failed to score in four of their last seven fixtures now. They are also winless in their last four away games, losing two of those. Since a 2-1 success in Northern Ireland during the Nations League group stage, Bosnia are on a four-match away streak without a goal having been put on the board.
Italy are the clear favourite in this fixture and should be a fairly comfortable evening for them. It is hard to see after their loss in Finland, just how Bosnia are going to come up with anything to challenge the Italians. Italy to win to nil.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
This is a big game at the top of Group J of Euro 2020 qualification. Italy are leading the way with maximum points recorded after two games. But Greece are just two points back of them after a positive start, so they would have the chance to move top if they could capitalise on home advantage. Read our Greece v Italy betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)
Greece have collected four points from their opening two games of Euro 2020 Qualification. They started with a 2-0 win in Liechtenstein before holding out for a very good point away at Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their form over their last nine matches shows that they are a very patchy side because it reads W4 D1 L4. Their win over Liechtenstein at the start of this campaign in their only win in their last four played.
They have scored in four of their last five games and in three straight fixtures heading into this one, so that will be a positive for them. They have won two of their last three home games as well, both 1-0 victories over Hungary and Finland back in the Nations League. Greece finish third in their League C Group 2 Nations League campaign, comfortably above bottom side Estonia, but behind Finland and Hungary. The Greeks produced just the four goals in their six games.
Greece earned a 1-1 draw in their last home game against Italy (2008)
Italy won their other meeting with Greece 4-0
Italy have fired off back to back wins at the start of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. They recorded a solid 2-0 home win over Findland before beating Liechtenstein 6-0. That makes it three straight wins by Italy at the moment then and four in their last five played (D1). So things seem to be improving for them after having missed out on reaching last summer’s World Cup. Their Nations League campaign, where they finished sandwiched between Portugal and Poland, was one where they were clearly looking at rebuilding still.
The defence of the Italians has seen the most notable improvement. They have not conceded in any of their last five games played now. They don’t look like being a prolific team in front of goal themselves though and this could be a low scoring affair. Italy are strong favourites to book the group win and a win in their first away game would nudge them a little bit further down the path to pulling that off. Italy will have a home game against Bosnia and Herzegovina following this.
Greece may not have enough about them as an attacking unit to really rattle Italy. The Italians are progressing, not rapidly, but progressing nonetheless and will be hard for the hosts to break down. Italy to win to nil looks to be a decent enough fit.
6th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
After their a major mishap of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Italy will be looking to put in a confident and strong display at home against Finland on the weekend. This is the start of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign and not the kind of game that they will want to let points slip in. Read our Italy v Finland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 19th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
What next for the Azzurri? After missing out on World Cup 2018 they have been going through a transitional period. They don’t look to have things figured out quite yet. In the Nations League last year they took second place behind group winners Portugal, with Poland getting relegated from group. In their two home games, Italy drew with both of them and only managed to pick up two goals in their four fixtures in the group. Scoring has become a bit of a problem for Italy as they have not managed to score more than one goal in any of their last eight international fixtures.
It has happened once in their last 10 only. Each of their last seven international fixtures have ended up under 2.5 goals and Italy have returned just three goals in their last five played. Each of Italy’s last four home games have ended in a draw. They just need to get some winning momentum going and in a relatively easy group here against Finland, Greece, Armenia, Lichtenstein and their strongest contenders for qualification Bosnia and Herzegovina, they should find their feet.
Finland will be hoping to collect a point on their trip to Italy in their Euro 2020 qualification opener. The Eagle Owls have lost three of their last four games though, and each of those were outside of Finland. Finland only managed to produce one goal in a four-match sequence. That one goal, however, was enough to give them an international friendly victory over Sweden back in January. Before that slump in form, Finland was on a great five-match winning streak.
Four of those were in their Nations League campaign as they raced out of the blocks boasting four straight victories. They lost their last two in the group but that didn’t matter because they had done enough by then to earn promotion up to League B. They did suffer to defeats away from home in the group at Hungary and Greece, Finland failing to score in either of those. This is clearly a step up in opposition for Finland, but they may fancy their chances with a good strong defensive display.
Even though the form of Italy hasn’t been great they have been facing stiff opposition than Finland recently. This may be a closer game than expected because the visitors may not be quite the walkover they are expected to be. Still, Italy to win to nil at 8/11 odds has the appeal* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 19th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting