Italy vs Portugal UEFA Nations League
Italy’s football is in crisis, the team is hungry for new successes. A win against European champions Portugal would be just right.
Italy under pressure: In southern European top duel against Portugal, the team needs a victory, otherwise threatens the descent from Nations League Pool A. It would be the missed World Cup the next major setback for the Squadra Azurra, which is in historically bad times – last but a sign of hope set. Can the team continue the upward trend?
Betting Tips and Prediction Explained Italy vs Portugal
This assessment is understandable, and it will find its confirmation in a balanced game. Of course, the Italians are currently in poor shape, while Portugal could celebrate some success recently. Nevertheless, the individual advantages and the pressure of expectation speak for the Italians, who will undoubtedly deliver a highly concentrated performance. To prevail against such a team, missing the Portuguese, where Cristiano Ronaldo is missing, probably the punch.
However, determining the bottom line on an exit is difficult under the conditions mentioned. On the other hand, the number of goals seems easier to prediction. The Italians are already traditionally defensive oriented and despite the victory pressure will not move away from the focus on a stable defense. And Portugal is under coach Santos anyway a defensive stronghold unparalleled, which is essentially focused on keeping the opponent away from their own housing. Under these conditions, fans can expect a tactically dominated game in which the teams rarely penetrate into dangerous spaces.
The last three results: 1: 0 vs. Poland, 1: 1 vs. Ukraine, 0: 1 vs. Portugal
In Germany, the concern for the DFB-Eleven is great, but compared to the situation in Italy you should probably forget his displeasure in this country: The Squadra Azurra is in great trouble, for some time the team lags behind its own expectations – which is why the World Cup Summer took place without the big football nation from Southern Europe.
After the missed tournament, it was expected that the Italians would return all the more. But in the whole federation simply too much seems to be in trouble, as can be recalled top sporting achievements. After only two wins from eight international matches in the calendar year 2018, captain Leonardo Bonucci rang the alarm bells in October: The situation had “deteriorated” after the World Cup, could only help a new federation president (who will be elected soon).
After all, Bonucci’s message was effective. Against Poland, the team showed their best international match in the current year and won at the end of a courageous performance earned 1-0 – a glimmer of hope in difficult times. For not only did the team celebrate a tender, playful revival, they also scored three eminently important points in the Nations League and thus moved past the Poles (one point). Against Portugal, this position will now be defended, and in the best case helps a victory to new self-confidence, which the team in the run-up to the European Championship qualification may well need.
As against the Poles, the team will need a good defensive concept, on the individual class alone, it can not (more) work in the Squadra Azurra: Too weak is the team as a whole occupied, as that their sheer quality could be a guarantee of victory. Coach Mancini is in demand – it requires creative solutions.
Possible lineup Italy
While at the top the Italian team is just a shadow of old days, in broad terms the team has strengths, giving Mancini plenty of options. The following formation seems conceivable on the basis of recent performances:
Donarumma – Chiellini, Bonucci, Biraghi Chiesa – Barella, Veratti, Jorginho – Insigne, Florenzi, Bernadeschi
The last three results: 3: 1 vs. Scotland, 3: 2 vs. Poland, 1: 0 vs. Italy
Who needs Ronaldo? Portugal at least not at present. Even without their absolute superstar, the team is currently doing more than good and can look forward to some strong performances since the Round of 16 at the World Cup – such as the first leg against Italy.
In the duel with the Squadra Azurra, the Portuguese presented as always defensively strong, without offering much in the attack. This brought the team more or less to a standstill Italy’s attacking game, while the Iberians themselves showed strong nerves: Some of the few opportunities available used André Silva for the goal of the day – 1-0.
A month later, in mid-October, the Portuguese then hit Poland, and a balanced game developed between the similarly well-stocked teams – but in a different way than before against Italy. With the Poles, Portugal delivered no defensive battle, but an open exchange. And the team showed: Even this fight knows it for sure. After 90 eventful minutes finally a deserved 3: 2-Success to book.
A few days later, the team against Scotland finally provided an optimal mix of the previous games. She presented defensively safe as against Italy and aggressive as against Poland, which ultimately guaranteed a safe 3-1 success. The bottom line is the Portuguese since the World Cup out now in three wins and a draw.
So it can go on – and coach Santos, who renounced in the cadre nomination as in the previous two international breaks superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. It works without him, right?
Possible lineup Portugal
Against Italy, the Ronaldo-less Portuguese will have to prove their class again, with Santos should rely on similar players as in the first leg. The following formation seems conceivable:
Rui Patricio – Dias, Pepe, Rui, Cancelo – Carvalho, Neves, Bernardo Silva – Pizzi, Andre Silva, Rafa Silva
Betting Tips: Under 2.5 goals