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Spain v Italy. Betting tips, odds & prediction for World Cup 2018 qualifiers

World Cup 2018 qualification Group G is coming to its logical ending. Spain and Italy national teams will decide in personal meeting who is going straight to Russia-2018 and who will play additional relegation play-off matches. Spain needs a victory or a draw 0-0 to be higher in table then Italy. Squadra Azzurra can even get a draw 2-2 or more to get an advantage on goal difference in personal clashes. Italy’s boss Giampiero Ventura has more chances at Santiago Bernabeu as his team has no players missing while Spain will be without odious forward Diego Costa.

Betting Tip: Spain and Italy remain unbeaten in Group G at the moment. Both teams have 5 victories and one draw

Classical European football battle between Spain and Italy is not the best way to spend holidays for La Furia Rojas. In the whole history of this encounter Spain has just one victory in normal time in official matches. The last time teams met in Turin a draw 11 was fixed with an equalizer penalty shot by Daniele De Rossi at 82 minute. Also Spain and Squadra Azurra faced each other at Euro-2016 play-off stage and Italy backed off La Furia Rojas with two unanswered goals.

Betting Tip: Spain leads qualification Group G with a better goal difference because of a huge victory ove Lichtenstein

Julen Lopetegui is confused with the number of top-forwards in Spain national team. Diego Costa probably will not play football until the next year, Gerard Deulofeu and Pedro are not nominal strikers and Vitolo is injured. So Lopetegui is forced to call David Villa from MLS to get a substitute for his only attacking choice Alvaro Morata.

 Giampiero Ventura in contradistinction to Juventus still has in his hands the best defensive trio BBC (Barzagli – Bonucci – Chiellini) and will obviously use three central defenders tactics at Santiago Bernabeu at 2 of September in a Spain clash. These are bad news for La Furia Rojas as they hardly can rip up 3-5-2 scheme. With Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti being in a perfect form Spain can’t relax also in defensive line. It is goanna be a real combat test for Julen Lopetegui’s guys.

Betting Tip: Spain and Italy have scored in each qualification match by the moment

Bookies see Spain to prevail in Italy clash due to the home soil pitch. But Squadra Azzurra got used to be an underdog and is not afraid of Santiago Bernabeu. The tactical scheme with 3 central defenders will help Giampiero Ventura to get some points in Spain. At the moment Bet365 provides the following odds for Spain v Italy encounter at 2 of September:

Spain wins    Draw    Italy wins
1.80 3.50 5.50


Wikibet’s prediction is based on historical inconvenience of Spain in matches against Italy. Both teams will be happy with one point earned in that game, but Italy could surprise La Furia Rojas with goals and even get a victory here.


Italy not to lose (X2)

Odd 2.00 at Betfair

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