In qualifying group C, the leaders will fight. Italy and Switzerland scored an equal number of points and in a face-to-face dispute they will decide who will enter the 2022 World Cup directly and who will continue to fight at the joints. Until recently, the Italians seemed invulnerable, setting the record for a series of matches without defeat, but in the semifinals of the League of Nations they were defeated by the Spaniards. The players of the Swiss national team probably dream about the same. The match will take place in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico.
Indeed, Roberto Mancini’s team did not lose for 37 matches, but having won a 2: 1 victory over the Belgians in the match for the third place in the League of the Nation, it is quite possible that they started a new series. The European champions could not win another trophy, but their main goal now is the World Cup and the Italians will take the matches for it with all seriousness.
First, you need to solve the first problem and take the first place in your qualifying group. From the start, it was assumed that the fight for it would go between the Italians and the Swiss, but few thought that the rivals would approach the penultimate round with synchronous performance. The Italians lost their points in Switzerland with a 0-0 draw and unexpectedly 1-1 at home with Bulgaria.
“Squadra Azzurra” and now can disperse the world with the Swiss national team, but then you will have to count the difference between goals scored and conceded. While it is better than the hosts by two goals, but they have to travel to the unyielding opponent in Northern Ireland. Therefore, only a victory will allow the Italians to take first place immediately. If Mancini’s charges show the same football as in the group stage of Euro 2020, where the Swiss were beaten 3: 0, then there is no need to worry about the result.
In the Swiss national team after the European Championship, there was a change of coach. Bosnian Vladimir Petkovic gave way to Murat Yakin. The new mentor started with two zero draws with the Italians and the Northern Ireland national team, and then won two victories over the same islanders 2-0 at home and over Lithuania 4-0 away. Yakin managed to preserve everything that was under the previous coach and bring new ideas. So far, the national team under his leadership has not conceded a single goal.
Unlike the squadra azzurra, the Swiss national team cannot boast of great achievements, although the team is in a rather high 14th place in the FIFA ranking. In the final stages of the World and European Championships, the highest achievement is reaching the quarterfinals. In Europe, this happened last year, and at the world championships, these achievements are dated more than half a century ago. Nevertheless, I must say that in the last five years we have seen the strongest Swiss national team. The team consistently makes it to the playoffs of the most prestigious tournaments.
The alpine team probably wants to continue the tradition, but the task is difficult – to defeat Italy on its field. Skill alone will not be enough here, luck should obviously come to the rescue. Otherwise, the guests will be waiting for play-offs, and this is always a lottery.
Prediction for the match Italy – Switzerland
Neighbors have been meeting each other for more than a hundred years, during which time they had 59 fights, more than half of which were friendly. Italy has a fourfold advantage in victories – 29 against 7. 23 meetings ended with a peaceful outcome. Small note – Switzerland last beat Italians 28 years ago, and it was also in the selection for the 1994 World Cup, and Roberto Mancini was replaced after the first half. Here are the results of the last five matches.
May 31, 2006, Switzerland – Italy – 1: 1;
08/12/2019, Switzerland – Italy – 0: 0;
06/05/2010, Switzerland – Italy – 1: 1;
06/16/2021, Italy – Switzerland – 3: 0;
09/05/2021, Switzerland – Italy – 0: 0.
Given the entire history of fights, it is difficult to give preference to guests. The Swiss national team is a strong and ambitious team, but the Italians at home will do their best to qualify for the World Cup. The bookmaker how to use my bonus on 1xbet offers a coefficient of 1.64 for the home win, the victory of the guests is estimated at 5.60, the coefficient for a peaceful outcome is 4.00. Something extraordinary has to happen for the result to be different. Therefore, we expect the victory of “Scuadra Azzurra” with a two-goal advantage.