World Cup Qualifiers are finally back! And this time they arrive with one of the biggest classics in European football: Italy vs Spain.

Both teams are said to have the highest chance to win Group G, but only one of them will directly qualify to the World Cup in 2018. The second team in the group will have to play in the playoff round.

Italy beat Spain 2–0 in the 1/16 at the UEFA EURO 2016. This match ended Vincente del Bosque era in Spanish football. With new coach, new players and different tactic, Spain is looking for a sweet sweet revenge … Isn’t it exciting??!!


A handful of stats:

  • Italy won only one out of the last 6 matches against Spain,
  • last time when Spain defeated Italy as an away team was at the Olympics 1920,
  • Italy is unbeaten in last 51 qualifiers games

My squads prediction:

Spain: Gea — Alba, Piqué, Ramos, Roberto — Busquets, Isco , Thiago — Silva, Callejon, Costa

Italy: Buffon — Barzagli, Bonucci, Rugani — Antonelli, Bonaventura, De Rossi, Verratti, Candreva — Pellè, Éder

Score prediction:

Spanish team looks now much better than during Euro 2016. With David De Gea between the goal posts and Costa in front, the Italian team has all the rights in the world to be worried…

I predict 1:2 for Spain after a very tough and exciting game.

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