Norway get to host Italy for their opening group H match and the visitors are the overall favorites to win. The last time the two teams met was back in 2006 when Italy won by one goal during the qualifications for the World Cup in Germany which they eventually won.
Norway are very well aware of the fact that Italy are the favorites to win this group, but after the match against England from last week, the hosts hope they can avoid a narrow defeat. The hosts are not looking anywhere near being sharp as they only managed to win one match this year, and it was a 2-1 win against Moldova. Against much stronger opponents or even those who are more organized defensively, they either recorded a draw or lost altogether.
Italy can boast with a 2-0 win over Netherlands in their last friendly match and are trying to shake off the terrible Brazil performance. Antonio Conte has many injuries and suspensions to worry about before his first competitive match as Italy’s coach. Giorgio Chiellini will miss the match due to a calf injury, Barzagli is out since July after sustaining a heel surgery, and El Shaarawy is under doubt. Mario Balotelli and Claudio Marchisio are both suspended, which puts the scoring pressure on Ciro Immobile.
After an impressive showing against England, Joshua King is set to keep his spot in the team, while Italy is set to benefit from Antonio Conte’s desire to focus on the attack. William Hill gives Italy 1.73 odds for an outright win, Norway gets credited with 4.60 and a draw is at 3.10. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is at 3.10, Italy with a -1 Handicap is at 3.10, Norway with a +1 Handicap is at 2.05 and we’re betting 8 units on Ciro Immobile to score anytime at 2.20 with William Hill.
Norway: Team’s Formation
Italy: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Ciro Immobile to score anytime