Spain v Italy Match Preview and Best Betting Odds

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Spain v Italy Match Preview and Best Betting Odds

 

Spain and Italy are fighting it out on Thursday evening for a place in the final of the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League and we envisage a closely-fought and tense encounter between these two heavyweights.

 

Cagey encounter

On paper, this should be a thrilling and thoroughly entertaining affair but one should bear in mind their underwhelming starts to their respective qualifying campaigns for the 2024 European Championships. Following on from a long and draining season, we don’t envisage this match being played with high intensity and it may well prove to be a cagey encounter.

 

Immediate reaction

New Spain head coach Luis de la Fuente will be in the hot-seat for his third match in charge and he will certainly be relishing the chance to take his side into the final of the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League. Fuente was appointed as boss following the departure of Luis Enrique after the 2022 World Cup and he got things off to a fine start with a 3-0 victory over Norway. Nevertheless this was followed by a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat to Scotland and the new manager will be demanding an immediate reaction from his men on Thursday evening.

 

Transition period

Despite being crowned European champions in 2021, Italy played no part in the World Cup the following year and they have been a mixed bag in their Euro 2024 qualifying with one win and one defeat. Clearly Italy – as with Spain – are going though a period of transition right now, therefore the likelihood is that this will be a close-run thing.

 

Evenly matched

Goals are generally few and far between when these two sides meet with all-but-two of the last eight meetings between the sides producing less than three goals. On paper they appear very evenly matched with an abundance of attacking talent, however as far as we’re concerned, any decisive goal will come later in the game and as such, we’ll be focusing on the opening 45 minutes in terms of betting options.

 

All-square

It’s extremely tricky to separate these two sides and the chances are that neither will come flying off the starting blocks, therefore we envisage things being all-square at the interval and at odds of 21/20 for a draw at half-time, this is how we’ll be approaching this encounter from a betting perspective.

 

Back draw at half-time at best odds of 21/20