Preview:International Friendly - Italy VS Czech

International FriendlyItaly VS Czech

Match Time: 05-06-2021 00:15 Saturday

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Match preview

2021 International Friendly, Italy will play against with Czech at home. Italy coach Roberto Mancini named his final 26-man squad for Euro 2020 earlier this week, as his in-form side ready themselves for the challenge of contesting Group A with Switzerland, Turkey and Wales in the coming weeks. Ahead of opening their quest for continental glory at Stadio Olimpico against Turkey next week, Mancini further whittled down his provisional selection after a training camp at Coverciano and a 7-0 win over neighbouring San Marino. Having contributed to the defensive instability which effectively wrecked Roma's season this spring, Gianluca Mancini was among the men to miss out, along with Everton's Moise Kean, Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina and Napoli winger Matteo Politano. Now looking ahead to Friday's fixture at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, former Manchester City manager Mancini will be aware that expectation is growing throughout the peninsula. Since taking the reins in May 2018, he has the highest win rate of any Italy manager - coming out on top in over two-thirds of his 28 games to date - and his new-look Azzurri have rattled in 67 goals and conceded just 14 during the process. With the ink still drying on a new contract that runs until 2026, Mancini has so far made a success of bouncing back from the bitter humiliation of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Italy have since eased to qualification for both the Euros and the semi-finals of the ongoing Nations League; also claiming three wins from three on the road to Qatar 2022, while extending their unbeaten home record in World Cup qualifiers to 56 games. In all, the four-time world champions have gone undefeated during their last 25 outings, so will want to avoid breaking such momentum against the Czechs this week, whatever the strength of their starting XI. As they will not kick off their campaign at the Euros until June 14 - versus Scotland at Hampden Park - the Czech Republic will only now face their first friendly since the end of the 2020-21 season.

In fact, their preparations have been disrupted by Scotland's COVID-19 regulations, as they were due to train in Edinburgh throughout the summer, but will now base themselves at home instead - travelling to and from the UK for each of their finals fixtures. Before meeting Albania in Prague next week, they must first leave the Czech capital for Emilia-Romagna, having experienced a mixed start to World Cup qualifying during the last international period in March. Though a regulation thumping of Estonia was followed by their impressive home draw with Group E powerhouses Belgium, the Euro 96 finalists' most recent outing ended in a disappointing defeat to Wales. Now readying themselves for a seventh successive European Championship finals, Jaroslav Silhavy's team will feature in Group D alongside England, Scotland and Croatia, with their foundations built upon players who have come through the ranks at recently resurgent Slavia Prague. Of course, former Slavia pair Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek - now starring in the Premier League with West Ham United - have been at the heart of the Czech revival, which saw them beat England in qualifying and win their Nations League group last year. Additionally, Hammers transfer target Alex Kral (currently at Spartak Moscow) has impressed since leaving the national champions. Head coach Silhavy - a former Slavia defender (and manager) who holds the Czech record for top-flight appearances - must share some of the credit too, having taken charge after his nation's failure to reach the 2018 World Cup and subsequently guided them on to greater things. Therefore, the Czechs may pose a significant threat to Italy's long unbeaten record on Friday, with a good showing in Bologna potentially confirming their status as contenders for a place in the knockout stages this summer.


Italy possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Bonucci, Palmieri; Cristante, Locatelli, Barella; Berardi, Belotti, Insigne

Czech Republic possible starting lineup:
Vaclik; Coufal, Zima, Celustka, Boril; Soucek, Holes; Jankto, Darida, Kral; Schick


Odds Analysis

Italy got 2 wins, 2 draws and 0 loss in last 4 battles with Czech, including 1 win, 1 draw and 0 loss at home. The bet365 1x2 first odds of this game are 1.67-3.60-5.00, the 1x2 live odds are 1.60-3.75-5.50. And the Kelly Criterion is 0.90-0.93-1.04. Therefore, is trustworthy in this game.


Goalooin Prediction:

Italy (58.22%)

Draw (24.84%)



Preview:International Friendly - Italy VS Czech

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