Italy - Northern Ireland: comparison
Comparing these two teams, I tried to find at least one detail on which the Northern Irish are not inferior to Italy.
And I couldn't find it.
The reason for this has its deep roots. And it's called tradition.
Although both nations are football, in Italy football is a religion. And Northern Ireland is the poor brother of England and Scotland.
Their club football is at a worse level than our home league. The teams are poorer. And the terrain is much worse.
The most prominent players in Northern Ireland are proud to play in the third or 4th level of English football.
Or in a middle-class Scottish team.
What to compare then. As even in their last appearances, these two teams are light years apart.
In the League of Nations tournament, Italy, with 12 of 18 possible points in their group, qualified for the semifinals of the final phase.
With a goal difference of 7-2 for 6 games.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland finished last in their group with a goal difference of 4-11.
Italy - Northern Ireland: forecast
All these circumstances make it completely unnecessary to discuss who will be the ultimate winner in the meeting.
The only question is how this could happen.
Roberto Mancini turned out to have gathered a huge number of debutants for this match.
And besides, there is a problem with Inter players and their participation in the team.
Either way, in the end it will probably take time for them to work together during the match.
I also noticed that in their last 2 victories in the League of Nations over Poland and Bosnia, Italy have made a total of only 8 accurate shots.
Against the tough Northern Irish, this may well not be enough for a convincing victory. Or at least for the first 45 minutes.
Equal to half time then.
And since I do not believe in a goal of the guests, the exact result 0-0 at the break with a minimum bet is my prediction.
Top facts and statistics for the match
- Italy have not lost in their last 22 games: 17-5-0.
- Italy is unbeaten in its last 25 home games: 15-10-0.
- Italy have recorded 6 clean sheets in their last 7 matches.
- S. Ireland have not won in their last 10 games: 0-5-5.
- He has under 2.5 goals in 5 of the last 6 games of Northern Ireland, as well as in 4 of 5 of Italy.
Last 5 Italy matches:
|10/14/20||LN||Italy||The Netherlands||1: 1||Р|
Last 5 Northern Ireland matches:
|11/18/20||LN||S. Ireland||Romania||1: 1||Р|
|11/15/20||LN||Austria||S. Ireland||2: 1||З|
|11/12/20||LN||S. Ireland||Slovakia||1: 2
|10/14/20||LN||Norway||S. Ireland||1: 0||З|
|10/11/20||LN||S. Ireland||Austria||0: 1||З|
Last 5 direct meetings:
|10/11/11||EP||Italy||S. Ireland||3: 0|
|10/08/10||EP||S. Ireland||Italy||0: 0|
|06.06.09||PS||Italy||S. Ireland||3: 0|
|06/03/03||PS||Italy||S. Ireland||2: 0|
|01/15/58||SC||S. Ireland||Italy||2: 1|