Italy – Northern Ireland
Italy play host to Northern Ireland at their Stadio Ennio Tardini in the opening match of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday night. The hosts are aiming their fourth consecutive win and are seen as the big favorite in the match. Rafael Toloy is expected to make his debut for the national team. In their last three home games, Italy have won once and recorded two draws.
Northern Ireland, on the other hand, have been in a poor form recently, failing to win the previous ten games in all competitions. Johnny Evans and Kyle Lafferty have recovered from their injuries and are expected to be in the starting line-up.
Having in mind the difference in classes between Italy and Northern Ireland, we predict a win with over 2.5 goals for the hosts.
This match will be played on 25/03/2021 at 21:45.