Italy Vs Finland
After failing to qualify for the World Cup 2018, Italy is favorite to win Group J. They are still dependent on the defensive style of football that they have been always adept of, and it’s been effective too.
Italians won the last six games in a row against Finland.
Roberto Mancini handed 36-year-old Fabio Quagliarella his first Italy call-up since 2015 instead of Marseille striker Mario Baloteli. The Sampdoria striker is the top scorer in Serie A this season and could even start against Finland on Saturday.
Nicolo Zaniolo, Leonardo Pavoletti, Armando Izzo and Gianluca Mancini are all in line to make their senior Italy debuts against Finland.
Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne (injured) will be replaced by Federico Bernardeschi has been in good shape for Juventus lately.
Finland head into the game on the back of just one win in their last four games, but they did really good in Nations League C Group 2 and reached the promotion.
Teemu Pukki has taken the Championship by storm this season, by playing been in fantastic form for Norwich City, and will be Finland’s number one danger man on Saturday.
Albin Granlund is ready to start at right-back as Jukka Raitala is injured.
Rasmus Schuller and Glen Kamara are in competition to partner captain Tim Sparv in central midfield for the away side.
Jasse Tuominen is unavailable for Finland but 20-year-old Lassi Lappalainen is set to make his debut.
It announces an interesting game between 2 great teams in good shape in European football. Italy is favorite in this game especially when they play in front of their fanatic supporters in Friuli. On the other hand Finland will certainly play with ambition and try to score on counter-attack.
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