Italy vs France
Date: Thursday; 1-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Stadio San Nicola (Bari).
The Italian football national team will host French national team on Thursday as both teams prepare for the World Cup qualifying game. Italy left the Euro Championship competitions after 5 games, losing out to Germany in a penalty shootout. The Italians recorded 3 victories during the tournament, they also kept 3 clean sheets. Furthermore, the Italians lost 2 games, while they conceded only 2 goals in the tournament.
The French team were unfortunate in the Euro Championship, losing the tournament to Portugal in their own backyard. France were among the best teams in the tournament, with 5 wins, a draw and a defeat in the final. The host held on till 109th minute in the Extra time before Portuguese striker Eder broke their hearts. They now hope for a win against Italy as they prepare for world cup qualifiers against Belarus.
Italy vs France: Head-to-Head
Both teams have come a long way, they have played 37 games against each other. Italy have won 19 games against France, while the French side have won 10 games. At home, Italy have won 13 games and lost 5 against France. Also, Italy have scored a total of 80 goals against France, while they have conceded 50 goals to France.
Italy vs France: Prediction
Both teams have good qualities in their squad, they are in good form too. However, France look more organised than Italy considering their performance in the Euro Championship. They have a star studded midfield which is capable of winning he game for them, the likes of Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Morgan Schneiderlin. France have all it takes to go past Italian defense, but the Italians are not to be written off.
The game will be a tough and entertaining one and is likely to drift towards stalemate. These kind of fixtures are likely to witness few goals, so under 2.5 goals is also an option.
Italy vs France: Betting Tips
Half-Time draw at 21/20 (2.05)
Double Chance – France Win/Draw 2/5 (1.40)
Under 2.5 goals at 1/2 (1.50).