Sam WattItaly have already sealed their qualification to next summer’s European Championships finals and have guaranteed top spot in the group but Armenia could qualifier for their first ever major tournament, and are currently in third spot.
Italy have already sealed their qualification to next summer’s European Championships finals and have guaranteed top spot in the group but Armenia could qualifier for their first ever major tournament, and are currently in third spot.
Italy have won all of their qualification matches to date – meaning that they have secured qualification and topped the group, with a game remaining.
The Azzurri have enjoyed a true return to form under boss Roberto Mancini and will be hoping to carry on their momentum for this testing clash.
Armenia’s hopes of qualifying lie in the balance – they are in a playoff spot and are five points off second-placed Finland and ahead of Bosnia, in fourth, on goal difference only.
Star player HenrikhMkhitaryan has returned to training following a month out and his presence looks set to be crucial for Armenia’s slim qualification hopes.
The hosts will be strongfavourites to carry on their winning streak due to possessing home advantage and holding superior form and quality over Armenia.
The home side are favourites to win this game and it should be relatively comfortable – a 3-1 triumph for Roberto Mancini’s side would appear a likely outcome from it.
Both these sides have averaged 28 goals (for and against) across their opening eight rounds of qualification matches – an exact average of 3.5 goals in each game. However, this one is likely to involve even more goalmouth action with the visitors desperate for points and the Italians in fine goalscoring form themselves – averaging over three per game in this group – making this among the best online betting odds for the round of action.
Andrea Bellotti has scored 16 goals in his last 22 games in all competitions and will be hopeful of adding to his six goals for Italy in this clash – one of which was scored against Armenia earlier in the group.
Head to Head
Italy won 3-1 in Yerevan in the meeting earlier in the group and are unbeaten in three meetings between the two sides prior to this match, although the only previous meeting in Italy was a 2-2 draw in 2013 – a World Cup qualification match.
Italy have won their last nine international matches and are unbeaten in their last 12.
Armenia have never qualified for a major international tournament before.
Armenia are in third place, ahead of Bosnia-Herzegovina despite having the same number of points, fewer goals and more conceded, due to their head-to-head record.
Finland, Liechtenstein, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece are the other four nations in the group.
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