Italy had to come from behind in their first European qualifier match against Estonia last September, and Cesare Prandelli’s men will be hoping for an easier ride when they meet again this Friday.
The Azzurri managed to avoid a potentially embarrassing slip-up almost immediately after returning from a disappointing World Cup campaign which saw them eliminated in the group stages.
However, home advantage and recent form would suggest that Prandelli’s charges deserve their status as favourites heading into this match, although odds of 3/25 mean there’s not much to be made from betting on the home win.
Their opponents, however, are massive outsiders to claim the points in the fixture at 19/1, with the draw also available at 25/4.
Sitting in fourth position in the group, Estonia have won two games, lost two and drawn one.
It could prompt a number of football betting enthusiasts to look at the odds offered through handicap betting.
By giving Estonia a one-goal headstart, the odds on a home win change to 9/20, while betting that the Azzurri can overcome a two-goal deficit to win the game changes the odds to 6/5.
Punters going for the latter option may also be tempted to put some money on one team winning by exactly three goals difference – a successful £10 bet on this outcome will return £46.
Sergei Zenjov’s first-half strike in Tallinn remains the only goal that Italy have conceded in qualifying so far and bwin.com offers odds of 20/1 that he’ll open the scoring when the two teams meet again.
Other first goalscorer bets include Alberto Gilardino or Giuseppe Rossi to break the deadlock at 5/2. Alternatively, flamboyant Milan hitman Antonio Cassano can be backed at 7/2.
At the other end, Estonia will be relying on Jarmo Ahjupera (14/1) or Kaimar Saag (16/1) to surprise the hosts and get the game up and running.
A successful £10 bet on Italy going into the break leading the game 2-0 will return £44. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.