The biggest match of all, on this International weekend, will take place at the Santiago Bernabéu, in Madrid.
A luxurious stage for this decisive match. Spain and Italy, on the same group, soon made us realise the titanic duel we had upon us.
After the draw in Italy, and with none of these teams slipping up against weaker opponents, this Saturday is where everything will be decided.
Both teams are very similar, even in their goal record so far. However, Spain has an advantage of 4 goals and they still have a match against Liechtenstein, so that puts the pressure on Italy to go for the win here.
The big surprise of the Spanish roster is the call-up of David Villa, who is playing in the MLS.
The veteran striker can be an important player, considering the absence of Diego Costa, since Julen Lopetegui intends to be aggressive up front, not allowing Italy to feel too comfortable trying to get the win.
Italy arrives with full strength, but maybe their failure at home in the match against Spain still affects them.
Since they could have settled the match during the 1st half, increasing their advantage, but they weren’t able to do that, and in the end, they had to settle for a draw.
Spain vs Italy – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The match should have both teams, early on, looking for the goal, since, despite the fear of losing from both sides, they will only be comfortable for the rest of the qualification stage with a win here.
Since Italy have almost completely abandoned their old style of closing down with that defensive wall, there will be space to be found, in the midfield, and some good creative football.
Marco Asensio can be the Spanish’s main weapon to destabilise the Italian defence, while Italy will trust Insigne to do the same to the Spaniards.
The favouritism has to go to the Spanish side, in terms of final result, but the match presents other opportunities for value bets.
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