Italy vs Lichtenstein UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier Predictions

Euro 2020 Italy vs Liechtenstein
Italy vs Lichtenstein Euro 2020 Qualifier

Tuesday 26th March, 19:45

Italy are eager to make amends for their failure to qualify for the World Cup in 2018 but in this new Roberto Mancini era of the Azzurri, they will be looking at this game as the easier of their group fixtures, against lowly Lichtenstein.

Predictions

This should be quite a lop-sided affair with Italy looking to put the minnows to the sword, with most odds having Italy as favourites for this game, heavy favourites with a big scoreline expected in this one.

Italy are rightly expected to win at a canter but with just two wins in their last eight games, they’ll be wary of a slip up. It’ll only take a frustrating first half for the locals to get on the players’ backs.

Lichtenstein have won just four times since 2014 and with no international games played in 2019 yet, that means they have had exactly one win every single year since.

The four wins came against Qatar, San Marino, Moldova and Gibraltar, so maybe not the best practice for Italy away.
The home side did beat Poland and the USA in recent times while drawing against Portugal and Ukraine, so they’ll fancy their chances of a big win in this game.

A 4-0 win will be what is expected of Italy given their opponents but it’d be in-keeping with recent Italian traumas if the minnows got a goal as well, so 4-1 is a possibility.

Betting Tips

Italy are strong favourites for this game and rightly so, but it also wouldn’t be out of the realms of possibility if they conceded a goal quite late on in the game as complacency kicked in. These are some of the best betting odds you’ll find for this round of international games, especially this one where the home side are so heavily favoured. UniBet have 4-1 it as 18/1 when combined with the Azzurri win.

A goal for the away side in this one wouldn’t be a shock, the only part of that would be whether or not they score at a meaningful time. A late goal to lower the deficit would have this bet as a winner and while it may seem a long shot, the odds are quite good for just one goal, with this tip rated at 14/5 by UniBet.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two have only faced each other twice before, with Italy running out winners both times (5-0 and 4-0) with Italy’s Andre Belotti being prolific in both fixtures.

Stats

  • Torino striker Belotti is the top scorer in this fixture with three goals while Federico Bernardeschi, Manolo Gabbiadini and Antonio Candreva all tied on one goal each.
  • Only a handful of players in the Lichtenstein squad are based abroad with MLS’ Chicago Fire, FC Thun and SV Pullach all having one player each.
  • Italy’s home record is surprisingly poor while they’ve only managed wins over Saudi Arabia and the USA in recent times, scoring just three goals in those two wins.
  • The oldest player in this Italian squad is Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria who only has six goals in his entire Azzurri career. According to Transfermarkt, the top scorer in this Italian squad is Giorgio Chiellini, who has a mighty eight goals in his international career.
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