Italy's absence at the World Cup took some getting used to, and it would be unthinkable if they failed to qualify for Euro 2020 as well, but they have a good chance to get a winning start to qualifying against Finland.
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The Azzurri has reached the last six European Championships and are expected to qualify again in 2020. The draw has certainly been kind, with Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece and Liechtenstein set to provide the opposition in Group J.
However, the pressure is on for Roberto Mancini's men after Italy failed to reach last summer's World Cup finals in Russia. With each of Italy’s last seven games seeing under 2.5 goals, they'll want to re-announce themselves here on the international stage with a typically robust defensive display.
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Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti were surprise exclusions when Mancini named his squad last week. In-form Fabio Quagliarella, who has not played for his country for eight years, could lead the line for the Azzurri after the evergreen Sampdoria striker has notched 21 goals in 21 Serie A appearances this season.
Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki, top scorer in the English Championship, will lead the line for the Finns.