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14/10/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Stadion Slaski V Predicted Score:1 - 1

Away Italy

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Expect this game to be tight as neither side will be looking to leave themselves open at the back, knowing that a loss will probably result in relegation from League A of the Nations League. For anyone looking to make football predictions for today, a score draw has odds of 10/3 with bet365.  

10/3 Game to end as a score draw
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2 We fancy:

Italy have drawn three of their last four games 1-1, while Poland have drawn two of their last three matches with a similar scoreline. It is 5/1 with bet365 for this game to end as a 1-1, and that is probably the best of the free football betting tips regarding this game. 

5/1 Match to end 1-1
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3 It's a long shot, but…

Leonardo Bonucci has returned to Juventus after just one season with Milan and has reasserted his partnership with veteran Giorgio Chiellini in the heart of defence for both the Old Lady and La Nazionale. Bonucci is 30/1 with 888sport to score the first goal of the match, and that is a tempting price for someone looking to make football predictions in this game. 

30/1 Leonardo Bonucci to score first
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One to Watch: Krzysztof Piatek

Piatek arrived at Genoa in the summer from Cracovia for just €4.5m, and the 23-year-old has become the first player since Gabriel Batistuta to score in the opening seven rounds of Serie A. With nine league goals to his name, four in the Coppa Italia – which all came in the one game – and his first strike for his national team in the bag, Piatek is Europe’s most in-form striker at the moment. He is 13/2 with BetBright to score the first goal of this match.  

13/2 Krzysztof Piatek to score first
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Team News

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Goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, who plays for Bologna, is out with an injury, while eight other members of the Polish squad ply their trade in Serie A. 

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Milan pair Alessio Romagnoli and Patrick Cutrone have withdrawn from the squad through injury. Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco receives his first call-up since 2015, but Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti have been left out altogether due to poor form. 

Poland vs Italy Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Will Roberto Mancini’s Italy finally win a competitive match?

Poland lost 3-2 to Portugal midweek, in a game that saw Krzysztof Piatek open the scoring before goals from the three Silvas – Andre, Rafa, and Bernardo – gave the home side a two-goal lead. Jakub Blaszczykowski smashed in a late consolation, but Poland were nonetheless left on just one point in Group 3 of the Nations League.  Something worth bearing in mind in this Nations League preview is the fact that the Eagles have won just one of their last six matches.

Joining them on a solitary point in this Nations Legaue preview are Italy, who drew 1-1 with Ukraine to go five games without a win since beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 in May. New boss Roberto Mancini has his work cut out in trying to rebuild a team, who are lacking in confidence, and he’ll know that a win here is vital to ensure his troops avoid relegation to League B. 

Poland are 7/4 to win the game and last beat Italy in a friendly 3-1 at home in 2003. The Eagles have only beaten the Azzurri once in 10 competitive games and that 2-1 victory came all the way back in the 1974 World Cup. It is around 9/1 for another 2-1 win for Poland here in this one, and that is a good price for anyone interested in making Nations League predictions regarding this game. 

Italy are 13/8 to get their first competitive win under Mancini. Although they drew 1-1 at home in September, their record on their travels against Poland aren’t too impressive, with only one victory in six games. That win was courtesy of a 2-0 scoreline in a 2011 friendly, and you can find odds of 11/1 for this game to end the same way.

The draw is 21/10, and there have been three stalemates in the six meetings between the sides in Poland. Another 0-0 here is 7/1, and that is a decent offering for anyone looking to make football score predictions here. 

Poland’s all-time top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski is 7/2 to score the first goal of the game, and that is a tempting price for anyone interested in football betting tips for the weekend. 

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, who has been in a rich goalscoring form of late, is 7/1 to fire in the first goal of the game. That’s a decent price for someone looking to make football score predictions. 

Predicted Score: Poland 1 - 1 Italy

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Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.