Sweden & Italy face off: only one can make it to Russia.
Sweden v Italy – Thursday 19:45, Sky Sports Mix
Italy solely find themselves in the play-offs by way of virtue of Spain’s brilliance, but they face a unsafe Sweden facet that certified beforehand of the Netherlands and finished simply four factors off Euro 2016 finalists France. In the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, head teach Janne Andersson has been capable to get his facet taking part in as a crew instead than simply feeding their superstar the ball. The emergence of a sturdy backbone noticed them effortlessly top score in Group A, netting 26 goals in 10 games and ending with a most desirable intention difference to France.
Italy have lengthy been masters of the basic 1-0 but with the likes of Insigne, Bernardeschi and Belotti rising this is the most interesting Italian group in years and their away matches because the Euros have tended to produce dreams with 5 out of six featuring at least three. Of these games, they only managed smooth sheets towards minnows Liechtenstein and Albania, conceding twice in Macedonia and three times in Madrid. However, the Italians did control to internet 13 dreams throughout these six games, only drawing a blank against Spain, and so we think each groups to score represents suitable value.
In fact, we’d additionally lower back over 2.5 goals here too, with eight of Italy’s final nine on the street featuring at least three goals, and seven of these seeing four or more
Ciro Immobile has been in exceptional structure for Lazio and is Serie A’s top scorer so a ways this term with 14 dreams in just 11 games. These included braces on the road at Juve, Verona and Genoa, whilst he netted a hat-trick in opposition to Milan, and having scored the opener in four of these games, we’re backing him as first goalscorer right here too