Macedonia vs Italy: Preview and Prediction

Macedonia vs Italy
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Sunday, 9th October 2016
Kick-off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Arena Makedonski, Skopje.

Macedonia have lost their first two matches in the World Cup Qualification campaign. And they can expect a tough test when an unbeaten Italy come visiting for the matchday 3 fixture on Sunday evening.

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After a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Israel, Macedonia are bottom of the Group G when they prepare to host Italy for the third group fixture. They lost to Albania on the opening day by a same margin and it seems like an uphill task from here for the 146th FIFA ranked side. If you check back on the history, the Red Lions have managed just 2 wins from their last 12 matches in World Cup Qualification fixtures. While they lost 9 and drew 1.

Italy scored a late goal to get on level terms with Spain in their second group fixture on Thursday evening. After having won the opening fixture against Israel by a 3-1 margin, the Azzurri are third in the group level on points with second placed Spain and 2 points below the current leaders Albania. Italy haven’t lost a World Cup qualification fixture since October 2004, which now stay at 29 matches.

Macedonia vs Italy: Head-to-Head Stats

The Sunday’s World Cup Qualifying fixture will be the first competitive meeting between Italia and Macedonia.

Macedonia vs Italy: Prediction

Italy have shown good composure and fighting spirit in the 1-1 draw against Spain. And they are coming with a very strong record in World Cup qualifying campaigns. They are currently unbeaten in the last 29 matches in the competition and 14 matches while playing away from home.

The Azzurri have scored 2 or more goals in 8 of their last 10 away matches in World Cup qualifiers. Considering the overall poor record of Macedonia against higher ranked sides, Italy could win this by a minimum of 2 goal margin.

Macedonia vs Italy: Betting Tips

  • Handicap: Italy -2 goals to start with at 3.20.