Italy (@1.005) vs Portugal (@12.0)

Our Prediction:

Italy will win

Italy – Portugal Match Prediction | 21-08-2019

Having lost every single game between the two nations between 1980 and 2008, Portugal hit back to win a friendly in June 2015 as Eder scored the only goal of the game. Portugal have only won six of their previous 26 matches against Italy, with the Italians winning 18, but the last two matches have both gone Portugals way. In September, in the UEFA Nations League, they then won again by the same 1-0 scoreline Andre Silva the goalscorer this time.

Jorginho - Scored the penalty to help Italy to a 1-1 draw last time out, having made an encouraging start to life at Chelsea too.Lorenzo Insigne - The Napoli man may have been less prolific in front of goal but he was no less important as his side finished second in Serie A.Andrea Belotti - The Torino captain has five goals in 19 international appearances, and could replace Balotelli up front, as he did from the bench last time out .

In between, Italy beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 but lost 3-1 to France. It followed the same result against the Netherlands in their previous game, while they also drew 1-1 with Italy back in March. Three of Italy's last five matches have ended in 1-1 draws, including their draw with Poland last time out - Jorginho atoning for an earlier error with a penalty to earn Italy their point.

Portugal, without Cristiano Ronaldo, were drawing with World Cup finalists Croatia and have now won just one of their last five games - a 1-0 defeat of Morocco at the World Cup. Nevertheless, with home advantage, Portugal can get a result. Expert Verdict: Neither Portugal nor Italy have been in particularly good form, with the Italians failing to impress in their draw with Poland last time out.

Norway 1. Division Tips

Italy gave up a lot of chances against Poland, and if Andre Silva - who scored a hat-trick on his La Liga debut last month - or alternative striking options are in clinical form, Portugal will score goals. Cristiano Ronaldo's absence is undoubtedly a big loss, but without him the likes of Bernardo Silva can step up and prove Portuguese football has a future beyond their superstar forward. If anyone can get the best out of Balotelli, it's his former club manager Mancini, but the likes of Andrea Belloti or Ciro Immobile will be stepping up this time. With both sides having drawn three of their last five matches, betting on the draw could be a sensible option - but those recent records do not tell the full story. For Italy, meanwhile, Roberto Mancini is still searching for his best XI and enigmatic Mario Balotelli did not help his case for a regular starting point much good with a frustrating performance against Poland. Nevertheless, with the experience of Pepe at the back and rising star Ruben Neves making things tick in midfield, Portugal have a strong core to their team. With home advantage too, it is easy to see why - even without Ronaldo - the European champions are favourites to move straight to the top of their UEFA Nations League group with a win against Italy.

Those of you looking for higher rewarding wagers can combine the Azzurris win with over 3.5 goals scored. In 2018, the two sides clashed on three occasions. Of those three, the Italians triumphed twice, with the remaining outing ending as a stalemate. This affair is likely to take a similar route as the previous ones and produce a large number of goals.

Portugal followed that up by beating Scotland 3-1 in a friendly, with Helder Costa, Eder and Bruma scoring. Andre Silva scored the winner against Italy in September while, last month, Silva and namesake Bernardo scored either side of an own goal in a 3-2 win in Poland. Portugal have bounced back well from a disappointing World Cup last-16 exit, with a 1-1 draw with Croatia followed by three consecutive wins since the summer.

Bernardo Silva - The Manchester City playmaker has been in excellent form this season, bouncing back from a below-par World Cup.Ruben Neves - The rising Wolves star is one of the brightest talents in this Portugal squad, having hit the ground running in the Premier League.Andre Silva - Could not have asked for a better start to life at Sevilla, when he scored a hat-trick in his first La Liga game.

Giorgio Chiellini Set to win his 100th cap, as captain, and will want to mark the occasion with a clean sheet having helped Juventus keep plenty this season. Leonardo Bonucci Alongside his fellow Juventus centre-back, the experienced defender will be key in Italys bid to nullify the Portuguese attacking threat. Lorenzo Insigne The Napoli forward has been in the goals this season, with ten so far, including three in the Champions League.

Finland Ykkonen Tips

After analysing their recent H2H records, the Mighty Tips experts believe that the Italians are likely to take all three points. The Italians netted Serbia in the previous affair by the score of 0-2 and in doing so, showed all of their potentials. The Navigators, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning streak and they dont look like stopping any time soon. Therefore, we expect to see a lot of quality football, and most importantly, great betting opportunities. Both national assemblies have endured periods of great results.

Bernardo Silva His fine start to the season with Manchester City continued with two assists in their defeat of rivals Man United last weekend.Andre Silva Back in the goals and scored the winner the last time these two teams met.Ruben Dias With Pepe suspended, the Benfica man will need to step up to lead the defence having started both UEFA Nations League matches so far.

Roberto Mancini's side got back to winning ways in their most recent match, in Poland, but Portugal are difficult to beat at the best of times - and it is the visitors who are favourites for this one. Expert Verdict: Portugal have won two from two so far in the UEFA Nations League and can guarantee top spot if they win away to Italy.

Once again, both nations are once again among the top favorites for the title. Last year, Portugals U19 selection at the finals in Finland won the final against Italy 4: 3 after extra time, making them the third time overall since 1994 and 1999 European U19 Championships. The defending champion goes ahead of the group match Italy vs.. Portugal according to the odds as easy favorite in the game.

Its quite a complicated bit achievable scenario for the team led by Roberto Mancini. The former Manchester City manager took charge of the national squad after a massive failure Italians experienced by not qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. He began the new process to earn Azzurri their status among European heavyweights once again, but it will be a long journey given teams recent displays.