Poland v Italy Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 14/10/18
Tom Kelly (@1TomKelly) previews Poland v Italy and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Nations League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Poland v Italy Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 14/10/2018
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: Stadion Slaski
- Channel: N/A
The Russian World Cup of 2018 will certainly be a tournament to forget for the Polish national side and the fixtures following the competition have been no better. The eastern European side have been without a win since June where they convincingly beat Lithuania, 4-0.
Furthermore, Poland have been unable to secure a win since the tournament as they could only manage to draw against the Republic of Ireland and Italy, who they will face in their next Nations League fixture.
Much like Poland, it’s been an agonising few months for the Italian national side. For the first time in decades, Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup and performances since this disappointment hasn’t improved. Since the birth of the Nations League, Italy are yet to record a win as they drew with Poland and lost to European champions, Portugal.
Having already met in the competition and with Portugal leading the group, one of these sides will be looking to take advantage of this fixture by building a gap between themselves and the bottom of the group.
Roberto Mancini has taken the interesting decision to leave out Nice striker Mario Balotelli, who the manager previously clashed with during their times at Manchester City. In addition to this, Balotelli has also struggled to find the back of the net this season. Instead, the newly appointed Italy manager has opted for MLS starlet Sebastian Giovinco to be included in the squad.
Regarding the Poland squad, the eastern European side enter this fixture with a fully fit squad to take on the Italian national side.
Potential Poland Starting XI: Szczesny; Kedziora, Glik, Kaminski, Reca; Kadzior, Krychowiak, Linetty, Blaszczkowski; Milik, Piatek
Potential Italy Starting XI: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Veratti, Jorginho, Moras; Bernarderschi, Insigne, Chiesa
Head To Head
- As mentioned before, Poland and Italy have met before in the Nations League in a game which finished 1-1. Regarding previous meetings to this, the two nations haven’t played each other since 2011 where Italy defeated Poland 2-0.
Key Stats & Facts
- The last time Poland defeated Italy was in 2003, where the eastern European side rode out as 3-1 winners.
- Poland’s leading goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski, hasn’t scored for his national team in his past six games.
- In their last four games, Italy have been involved fixtures where there has been under 2.5 goals.
- Poland – 9/5
- Draw – 11/5
- Italy – 31/20
All I’m going to say is that I think it’s going to be a quiet evening for Donnarumma and Szczesny. Both teams have somewhat struggled in front of goal as of late and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.