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Italy vs Portugal 16.06.2015


Italy vs. Portugal / Internationals – After things last weekend went quite well in qualifying matches in Croatia or Armenia, the team of Italy and Portugal will on Tuesday night play one friendly match on neutral ground, in the Swiss Geneva. Otherwise, both teams after the qualifying terms are just one step away from the placement for EURO 2016, while we should add that the team of Italy absolutely dominates in their recent mutual duels, since they are in a series of six consecutive victories over Portugal.Begins: 16.06.2015 – 20:30 CET


Thus their fans are now rightly expecting a good result against Portugal, despite the fact that they are surely a bit tired from very difficult qualifying games with Croatia. The “Azzurri” have only four days ago played a derby of the round six in Group H, at Poljud stadium in Split and without the presence of the audience played 1-1 against Croatia, after which these two teams still remained at the top two places in the standings, but Italy is lagging two points behind Croatia, while on the other hand the third Norway also has two points less than the “Azzurri”.

It actually means that the Croatians and Italians four rounds before the end of qualifications are on the right way to ensure the performance in the upcoming European Championship in France as two best teams the group, but the public in Italy is still quite worried after coach Conte’s players in the last five matches recorded four draws and just one win, which again is largely associated with the growing number of absences due to injuries. That is why now against Portugal we expect a lot of new names in the starting 11, while the formation should again change in Conte’s favourite 3-4-3.

Probable lineups Italy: Sirigu – Astori, Bonucci, Ranocchia – Darmian, Bertolacci, Soriano, Pasqual – Candreva, Immobile, Gabbiadini


As for the team of Portugal, they have after the shocking opening of these qualifications for the European Championship, when they were defeated at home with 1-0 by Albania, played four matches and recorded as many wins, so they are at the moment deservedly the leading team in the group, with two points more than the second Denmark and five over Albania, which admittedly has one match less. Otherwise, this is the only group with five teams, but Serbia and Armenia have only won one point, so it is clear that Portugal, Denmark and Albania will among themselves decide which two teams will go directly to France, and who will have to go in the playoffs.

We should also add that the Portuguese have three days ago with a lot of trouble celebrated with 3-2 away against Armenia, after they were first losing with 1-0, but then the brilliant Ronaldo scored three goals and brought a lead to his team with 3-1, which the hosts later only managed to alleviate with one goal by Mkoyan. Of course, that after one such serious performance, we expect from coach Santos to also send a combined setup to the field against Italy, without Ronaldo, but with some other great young players which will certainly have a brilliant football career.

Probable lineups Portugal: Lopes – Soares, Carrico, Fonte, Coentrao – Pizzi, W. Carvalho, A. Silva – B. Silva, Eder, Varela

Italy vs. Portugal PICK

Even though both teams announced that they will mostly give a chance to their “reservists” in this friendly match after those very tough qualifying matches, we still that it will not affect their tactics very much, which means that this should be one pretty tough and not overly efficient match.

Pick: under 2.5 goals

Stake: 6/10

Odds: 1.66 at 10bet (down to 1.60 can be played)

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