Italy vs Northern Ireland Prediction & Tips
After having played a great qualifying campaign for the 2020 European Championships (whose final phase will be played due to Covid-19 only next summer), Roberto Mancini’s Italy begins the adventure in the 2022 World Cup and in the first qualification commitment will be seen at the Ennio Tardini Stadium in Parma against Northern Ireland, a representative who failed to repeat the 2016 qualification, stopping in the play-offs beaten in extra time in the decisive match against Slovakia. Italy, who have not lost in 22 games, played their last match on 18 November, winning 0-2 in the UEFA Nations League at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina. On that same day Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland drew 1-1 at home in the UEFA Nations League against Romania. The two teams last met in 2011 and won Italy 3-0.
Italy won 6 out of 6 times when they faced Northern Ireland at home.
In the last 5 head to head, 4 of which won by Italy and one ended in a draw, the Azzurri have never conceded a goal.
Italy have won 3 of their last 4 home games without conceding a goal.
Northern Ireland have lost their last 2 away games.
The numbers speak for themselves, as well as the odds proposed by the bookmakers: Italy is a favorite in this challenge at the beginning of the journey for the World Cup. We do not recommend the 1 since it allows a very low potential win and then we recommend either the 1 with handicap -1 goal or, even more rewarding (and it is our first option) the 1 + No Goal.
Italy – Northern Ireland FREE TIPS
Italy – Win @ 1.25
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90