Kick-off: 1945, 04/09/2020
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi
TV: Sky Sports
Italy beat Bosnia and Herzegovina twice in Euro 2020 qualifying and can confirm that superiority in Friday’s Nations League clash in Florence.
Roberto Mancini has helped the Azzurri to rebuild after missing out on the last World Cup and seems keen to maintain a winning mentality in this tournament.
We’re going with 11/10 for the hosts to claim a clean-sheet victory for our first Italy vs Bosnia and Herzegovina prediction.
A Look At Italy’s Betting Odds
Italy lacked a creative spark when splitting Portugal and Poland in Group A3 of the inaugural staging of this competition.
However, they addressed that issue in emphatic fashion when rattling off 10 straight wins in their Euro 2020 pool, scoring 37 goals and conceding only four.
Admittedly, 23 of those strikes came against Armenia and Liechtenstein and the Azzurri were clinical, rather than spectacular, versus Finland, Greece and Bosnia.
Mancini’s men netted exactly twice in each of their home matches against those solid sides, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect anything extravagant at Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and underrated Torino captain Andrea Belotti are available up front, but Italy still don’t score many goals from midfield.
With Mancini also possibly having one eye on Monday’s trip to Holland, 6/1 for a routine 2-0 victory appeals from the Italy vs Bosnia and Herzegovina odds.
A Look At Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Betting Odds
Bosnia did well to top the Group B3 table in this event two years ago, taking four points off Austria and beating Northern Ireland twice.
Just five goals were scored in those fixtures, though, and the Dragons laboured to fourth spot in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Robert Prosinecki has been replaced as head coach by former Yugoslavia forward Dusan Bajevic, but he has limited options up front.
Edin Dzeko has an outstanding tally of 58 goals in 107 international appearances, but the Italian defenders will know all about the Roma striker.
If they can keep the 34-year-old veteran quiet, the feeling is that there is not much of an attacking threat elsewhere in this squad.
Edin Visca can get forward from midfield, but the absence of Miralem Pjanic is a big blow following his recent switch from Juventus to Barcelona.
Let’s finish off our Italy vs Bosnia and Herzegovina betting tips by taking 5/2 for the Azzurri to lead 1-0 at half-time.
ITALY 9-1 Armenia – Immobile (2), Zaniolo (2), Barella, Romagnoli, Jorginho (pen), Orsolini, Chiesa
Liechtenstein 0-3 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Civic, Hodzic (2)
Head-to-head: Bosnia 0-3 Italy, Italy 2-1 Bosnia, Bosnia 2-1 Italy
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