Italy are hoping to seal their place at the top of Group A1 in the UEFA Nations League when they face Bosnia & Herzegovina tonight.
Here is our match preview:
Failing to secure a win this midweek, however, could allow Netherlands the opportunity to finish the group at the top as the Oranje are currently breathing down Italy’s neck with eight points. The Azzurri have been good form during this international window though, having secured a 4-0 win over Estonia in a friendly before seeing out Poland in a comfortable 2-0 victory on Sunday.
Bosnia, meanwhile, are coming on the back of a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Netherlands on Sunday, meaning they are still winless in this edition of the UEFA Nations League. It is, however, fair to point out that the Dragons did secure one of their two points so far, in the reverse fixture of this very match-up, at the start of last month.
Dusan Bajevic’s men will be looking for a similar performance this time out.
🔮 Likely XIs
Bosnia (4-1-4-1): Sehic; Cipetic, Hadzikadunic, Sanicanin, Kolasinac; Cimirot; Visca, Pjanic, Krunic, Gojak; Prevljak
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, D’Ambrosio, Acerbi, Emerson; Tonali, Jorginho, Barella; El Shaarawy, Belotti, Insigne
🔑 Key stats
- The sides drew 1-1 in Italy on Matchday 1, Rome-based Edin Džeko having given the visitors the lead. Italy had won both of the teams’ previous competitive meetings, home and away in UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying.
- This game is the countries’ first encounter in Sarajevo since they met for the first time in 1996, in a friendly. That remains the Bosnians’ only win against Italy to date: W1 D1 L2.
- Bosnia & Herzegovina are one of few teams yet to secure a win in the UEFA Nations League and have already been relegated.
- Only nine out of 55 teams have scored fewer goals than Bosnia & Herzegovina (3) in this edition of the UEFA Nations League.
- Only Wales, Slovenia and Greece, Gibraltar, and Liechtenstein have conceded fewer goals than Italy (2) in the UEFA Nations League this campaign.
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