Italy vs North Macedonia Prediction & Match Preview

Italy vs North Macedonia World Cup Qualifiers Prediction by LeagueLane

Italy vs North Macedonia
World Cup Qualification
Date: Thursday, 24 March 2022
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Almost all of the world will have their eyes glued to this section of the qualification campaign. Two heavyweights battle it out for a single ticket to the World Cup.

To put it precise, the past two champions of Europe (Portugal and the Azzurri) are on a potential path to a playoff final between them.

This Thursday at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, reigning European champions Italy will face off against minnows North Macedonia in the playoff semis.

It goes without saying that the Italians are massive favorites here. And they will be eager not to spent all of their energy here as well, as the real battle will take place in the final.

It also needs to be mentioned that they have enough manpower and experience to come through unscathed in this First Round fixture, against the comparatively inexperienced Macedonians.

Italy vs North Macedonia Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The Azzurri have a 100% winning record, barring a single fixture.
  • They had scored three or more goals in all but one clash.
  • There were a total of seven goals in the past two meetings combined.

Italy vs North Macedonia Prediction & Analysis

Italy are the reigning champions of the UEFA Federation, and they had defeated England in the Final, in England. It would be unwise to think that the Italians are under pressure.

They would be just eager to get things going, and thus build momentum for a potential final against Portugal.

Meanwhile, North Macedonia face the arduous task of beating four-time world champions Italy, in front of their passionate crowd. Moreover, they also have a rather poor h2h record against this foe over the years.

Taking into account these observations, expect the determined Italy to deliver a convincing win this Thursday at home.

Key Stats for Betting

  • The Italians had remained unbeaten all through their First Round campaign.
  • Impressively, they had let in a total of just two goals throughout the run.
  • They have lost just once in the past four-year period, and this sole loss had come in the semifinals of the Nations League, against Spain.
  • Meanwhile, North Macedonia had finished second in their qualification run, trailing nine points below toppers Germany.
  • They had remained winless in five of their total ten games in the campaign. They had also kept a total of just two clean sheets on the road.

Tips for Italy vs North Macedonia

  • Italy to Win & Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.83 (5/6)
  • Correct Score: 3-0 Italy @ 12.00 (11/1).