Italy vs Ukraine Preview (What To Know Before Betting)
Before you bet Italy vs Ukraine
In his debut match as Italy’s manager, Luciano Spalletti saw his team settle for a draw against North Macedonia. Now, he aims to secure his inaugural victory as they prepare to take on Ukraine in Milan this coming Tuesday.
As they enter the Euro 2024 qualifying showdown, Ukraine currently occupies the second spot in Group C. Meanwhile, Italy finds themselves in third place, trailing by three points but with a game in hand.
Following Roberto Mancini’s departure as Italy’s head coach, who took up the reins in Saudi Arabia, the Italian federation lured Luciano Spalletti out of his self-imposed break from the coaching world.
A mere four months after guiding Napoli to their first Serie A championship in 33 years, Spalletti returned to the managerial role for Saturday’s Euro 2024 qualifying match against North Macedonia.
Italy vs Ukraine
In their first encounter with North Macedonia since a disappointing 1-0 loss in last year’s World Cup qualifying playoff, Italy appeared set to exact revenge when their captain, Ciro Immobile, nodded in the opening goal in the 47th minute. However, a late Enis Bardhi free-kick meant Italy departed Skopje with just one point to their name.
Italy secured a playoff spot for the UEFA Nations League due to their third-place finish in the recent edition. However, they are determined to secure automatic qualification and can achieve this by defeating Ukraine on Tuesday to move into the second spot.
Despite their loss to England in their previous home match, it marked Italy’s first home defeat in European Championship qualifying since September 1999. This underlines the strength of Italy’s performances when playing in front of their home fans.
What to remember Italy vs Ukraine
Italy’s recent draw might have left them unsatisfied, but we anticipate that their disappointment will serve as a driving force for Tuesday’s encounter. We believe that they will capitalize on their home-field advantage to secure their second victory in this qualifying campaign.
Betting tip for Italy vs Ukraine
Our expert tipster partners anticipate that there will be fewer than 3.5 goals in this match.