Italy has the objective to play in the World Cup
But in order to do that, they will need to go to the Play-off because, after losing to Spain, the 1st place looks now very distant.
To go to that play-off, they still have to defend their 2nd place against Albania’s threat, who has 2 wins in a row and will still host Italy at home… on the last match of the group, more precisely.
Italy can’t take any risks. In Madrid, they played poorly, the team struggled and they didn’t play well, but a lot of credit for that has to be given to the Spaniards, who has a brilliant exhibition.
Disregarding that match, Italy has been doing well in this group and they’ve been asserting their superiority over the other teams in the group. Winning this match can be an important step to secure that 2nd place.
The Israeli have lost at home against Macedonia on their last match so they saw their chances to fight for 2nd place, which ensures a spot in the play-off, vanish.
They come into this match after 2 defeats at home, against Albania and Macedonia, in two matches they expected to win. If they had won, they would still have a word to say and would now face Italy just 1 point behind them.
Instead, they are now eliminated and travel to Italy already in disbelief and probably in the worst stage they ever were during this qualification stage, both in terms of performance, since their last two exhibitions were terrible and they deserved to lose, and in terms of morale.
Offensively, the Israelis have struggled and in this away match against Italy, who is wounded on its pride, their chances of scoring will be lower, especially if we consider that Italy has just conceded 3 goals and is known for defending very well.
Italy vs Israel – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Italy will start this match strong, trying to score early and relax their fans who certainly will still have their poor performance in Madrid on their minds along with their disappointment with the team for not getting the 1st place in the group.
Upon Albania’s threat, the Italians can’t lower their guard and they now face Israel on a match that is handy for them, because they’re playing at home against an opponent that has been performing poorly and is already eliminated.
Italy has every condition reunited to return to their good performances, to winning ways and I’m going with the Italians to win at half-time, which seems to me like a very likely and logical scenario, considering what I’ve mentioned previously and the importance of this match.
|Italy to win the 1st Half||