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10/10/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Stadio Luigi Ferraris V Predicted Score:2 - 1

Away A.S. Roma

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Roberto Mancini is very much still searching for Italy’s best formula, but they need to start winning games. There will be little in this one, but Mancini’s men should just scrape it. Part of this game’s free football betting tips is the draw at half-time and Italy at full-time – both priced at 4/1 with Marathonbet.

4/1 Draw half-time & Italy full-time
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2 We fancy:

Ukraine have the firepower to hurt Italy and will be more than confident of finding the net, so this match should provide a couple of goals. International friendly predictions are always tough to call, but you can get 3/1 with BetBright for Italy to win and both teams to score.  

3/1 Italy to win & both teams to score
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3 It's a long shot, but…

Italy will hope that their good recent record against Ukraine continues this week, having scored twice and won each of their last three meetings. Could there be another two-goal victory this week? The correct football score prediction of 2-1 Italy is 8/1 with 10Bet.

8/1 Italy to win 2-1
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One to Watch: Lorenzo Insigne

Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne has been in fine form so far this season and is our player to watch in this international friendly preview. The diminutive talent is thriving in a new role under Carlo Ancelotti and he will look to transfer that club form to the international scene this week. With six goals in seven league games, he will be hungry to make his mark for the Azzurri and is certainly a player worth including in this week’s football predictions. Insigne is 9/4 to score anytime with bet365.

9/4 Insigne to score anytime
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Team News

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Italy's Last Six:
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Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco has been recalled to the squad for the first time since 2015. Fit-again Marco Verratti returns alongside Alessandro Florenzi, while there is a first call-up for Gianluca Caprari. However, Mario Balotelli is absent on this occasion.

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Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko has maintained a consistent selection with his recent squads. Key players Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko and highly-rated youngster Andriy Lunin have all been called and will certainly feature.

Italy vs A.S. Roma Football Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Will Roberto Mancini win his first competitive game as Italy CT?

Roberto Mancini’s Italy are very much under the microscope and two poor displays last time out against Portugal and Poland have done nothing to boost the Azzurri’s fortunes. The four-time world champions have managed just one win in their last six and that came against minnows Saudi Arabia.

Italy have problems at both ends of the pitch. Unable to keep a clean sheet in that run of six games, that issue is compounded by a blunt-looking attack, which has yielded only six goals in those six matches. Italy never take friendlies too seriously, but they need to start winning games and the Azzurri are looking to make it five wins on the spin against Ukraine. They start the match as 8/11 favourites.   

Ukraine are very much the in-form team here, however, and will want to upset the football predictions by beating a nation they have suffered against in recent years. Unbeaten in their last six, they are currently on a three-game winning streak and would love to continue that run on Wednesday night. Andriy Shevchenko’s team will be full of confidence and have the tools to win this one. With their hosts in a dark place, this match provides a real opportunity for Ukraine to pull off a historic win. The visitors start as outsiders but have what it takes to win at 9/2.

The draw does look like the obvious football prediction here. Despite Italy being way off their best. they are still tough to beat and with Ukraine’s current form, a draw would come as no surprise. It is 23/10 for this friendly to end all-square.

Favourite for the first goal is the prolific Ciro Immobile at 4/1. The Lazio forward is followed by 6/1 teammates Sebastian Giovinco and Simone Zaza. For Ukraine, it is Andriy Yarmolenko at 9/1 and Roman Yaremchuk at 11/1 who are best placed to open the scoring.

Predicted Score: Italy 2 - 1 A.S. Roma

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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.