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07/09/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Stadio Renato Dall'Ara V Predicted Score:2 - 1

Away Poland

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Match Summary

2 We fancy:

Italy need to prove to the football world they are still a force and Mancini’s men simply must win this one. Poland are a skilled opponent and have a point to prove following their dismal World Cup. Our free football betting tip here is Italy to win and both teams to score at 4/1 with bet365.

4/1 Italy to win and BTTS
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3 It's a long shot, but…

The last meeting between these two came back in 2011 when Italy ran out 2-0 winners. The same football score prediction on this occasion is 6/1 with 10bet. Mario Balotelli was on the scoresheet that day and you can get 18/1 for him to score anytime and Italy to win 2-0 with bet 365.

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One to Watch: Federico Bernardeschi

The talented Juventus attacker had a positive pre-season and has made a promising start to the new campaign. At a time where the Azzurri need a boost, Bernardeschi has the required quality to become Italy’s new talisman.

The Nations League could provide the perfect platform for him and it is the ideal opportunity to include him in your football predictions. You can get 8/1 on Bernardeschi to score first, or 10/3 for him to score anytime with bet365.

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Team News

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Roberto Mancini has called up a number of new faces to his senior squad. With that said, we can expect to see a number of familiar names in his starting XI with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Jorginho, Lorenzo Insigne and a certain Mario Balotelli all set to feature.

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The Poland squad is very similar to the one that travelled to Russia for the World Cup finals. Star names Wojciech Szczesny, Kamil Glik, Piotr Zielinski and serial goalscorer Robert Lewandowski will form the core of the team for Friday’s game.

Italy vs Poland Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Roberto Mancini is looking to lead Italy into a bright new era, starting with this game against Poland

UEFA’s latest international football tournament kicks off this week with some big hitters set to go head-to-head. This Nations League preview sees two wounded European teams battle it out. Italy are still bruised from their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while Poland will be disappointed by their poor showing in Russia.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy are still in their infancy but playing for the Azzurri carries expectation and with recent disappoints fresh in the memory, the pressure is on the manager. Friendlies at the back end of last season were a mixed bag, but Italy did take a few positives from those games. Two tricky fixtures await the boys in blue with Poland on Friday followed by a trip to Portugal. The long road back to the pinnacle of international football starts here for Italy; they require a positive performance and a win. The home team start as 4/5 favourites with BetBright.

Poland have a World Cup hangover and there are few better places to shake that off than with a win in Italy. A talented side crashed out of a group they were expected to progress through, and will now set about making amends. Travelling to play Italy is always tough, but with so much uncertainty surrounding their hosts, they will see this as a great chance to record a historic victory. With many of the Polish squad playing in Serie A, they will be familiar with those they are facing and should not be ruled out of your Nations League predictions. Poland start as outsiders at 15/4 for the win.

A draw looks like a safe bet here, as neither team comes into this game settled and brimming with confidence. It is 12/5 for the draw, but the draw and both teams to score is a more attractive football prediction at 5/1.

Favourites for the first goal are Italy pair Ciro Immobile and Mario Balotelli at 11/4 and 9/2. Polish star Robert Lewandowski is 9/2 to bag the opener.

Predicted Score: Italy 2 - 1 Poland

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Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.