France vs Italy
France host Italy in another friendly match which will be held in Nice.
France played a few days ago another friendly match aganst Ireland at home before the World cup and France won it 2:0 with full dominance(about 20 shots, half of them on target, two goals and 70:30 possession, while their opponent had I think 2 or 3 shots for the whole match). Mandanda was the goalkeeper, so against Italy is expected to start Lloris. There will be a lot of changes for sure in comparison with the match against Ireland and players with less minutes are expected to start. So, Griezmann, Pogba, Kante, Giroud are all expected to start here from the first minute. I think they will use almost their max power in this friendly match with a few changes in defense. Varane has no chance for me to play here, because he's tired after the Champions league final and is expected to be well rested before the WC group stages.
Italy have got a new manager- that's Roberto Mancini and he will try to make his own team, where will take place only the players in best form, so I won't be suprised if it's a strange mix of players of more than five top Italian teams. He will need time, that's for sure and his first step was optimistic- 2:1 against Saudi Arabia in a match held in Switzerland a few days ago when was also France-Iraland game. Against Saudi Arabia Donarumma started the game, so now it's expected Sirigu to start the match or Mattia Perin. Players like De Sciglio, Pellegrini, Jorginho, Simone Verdi, etc. are also expected to start the game vs France, together with Belotti or Balotelli as a forward.
It's going to be a really long way for Mancini. The Italian squad have excellent quality but they will need time to play like a team, not showing what they got as individuals. They will miss the World cup after finishing 2nd in their group and lost the play-offs against Sweden. There were also some more friedlies(against Argentina and England) when Italy didn't show performance close to the one we are keen on seeing from them during the last years. Now with the new coach matches like that against France(one of the WC favorite for me) will show them at this time how close or far away they are from one the very best teams in the world. France's current form is really amazing, maybe they will not give their optimal production on the pitch, because it is still a friendly, not group stage match, but the motivation against big rival like Italy is always high. These two teams have also two more friendlies in the recent years and France won both of them 3:1 and 2:1.
I think France to win the match and France over 1.5 team goals are the best options here!
France vs Italy prediction
|France||Pinnacle||1.65||10||3-1 WON (+6.5 units)|