FYR Macedonia vs Italy by Jimmys003
This made it two defeats in a row for Macedonia after their failure in Albania back in September. Fortunately for them they might be able to avoid bottom spot in the qualifying group with the presence of minnows Liechtenstein, but there is an impossibly slim chance that they’ll cause any trouble at the top of the pile. This defeat to Israel made it six losses of Macedonia’s last seven games, with their only success being a 3-1 win at home to Azerbaijan. They have only won two of their last 17 outings, losing 13 of them.
Italy started this campaign with a 3-1 win to Israel back in June but couldn’t make it six points out of six on Thursday when they hosted Spain in one of the key clashes in this group. They are the two favourites for the one automatic qualification position in this group, so the two matches between them will prove crucial come the end of qualifying. A 1-1 draw at home to a Spain side who had recently won a game 8-0 is no bad thing, but they would have liked to get a home win under their belts to take the pressure off their trip to Spain in a year’s time.
Prediction: Italy are coming with a very strong record in World Cup qualifying campaigns. They are currently unbeaten in the last 29 matches in the competition and 14 matches while playing away from home. The Azzurri have scored 2 or more goals in 8 of their last 10 away matches in World Cup qualifiers. Considering the overall poor record of Macedonia against higher ranked sides, Italy could win this by a minimum of 2 goal margin.
Prediction: Italy -1
|Italy -1||Bet365||1.83||8||2-3 PUSH (Stake return)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.