FIFA World Cup 2022. Qualifying Play-off. Round of 4. Path C
The Azzurri have never failed to make it to the World Cup twice on the bounce (directly qualifying in 1962 after missing out on a place in the 1958 edition).
Italy have only managed two home wins in their four games at the 2022 World Cup qualifiers beating Northern Ireland 2-0 and Lithuania 5-0.
Despite the home advantage, in my opinion it is a tricky game for the Azzurri, who had dropped points against Northern Ireland and Bulgaria during their group qualifying stage.
Tactically Italy could lineup with a 4-3-3 setup that Mancini has often preferred during his reign
Probably without Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, Mancini will rethink his defense against North Macedonia.
Probable Lineup Donnarumma; Florenzi, Acerbu, Bastoni, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
The North Macedonian national team had a strong tournament.
The Balkans manage to beat Liechtenstein, Iceland, Armenia and Romania, losing only to Germany.A good performance by a not at all top-flight national team.
It isn’t too hard to predict Macedonia’s starting eleven either it’s a 4-3-3
Dimitrievski; S. Ristovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Alioski; Nikolov, Ademi, Bardhi; Churlinov, M. Ristovski, Trajkovski
Match facts :
-Italy and North Macedonia had met each other only twice before in an international competition.
-1 win for Italy and a draw
-4 goals scored by Italy,3 goals by North Macedonia.
Match info : Stadium Renzo Barbera (Palermo,Italy)
24.03.2022, 19h45 GMT.
Clément Turpin FRA
Nicolas Danos FRA
Cyril Gringore FRA
Benoît Bastien FRA
Video Assistant Referee
Jérôme Brisard FRA
Assistant Video Assistant Referee
Delajod Willy FRA
Prédiction : Italy 2-0 North Macedonia