Italy – Ukraine SOCCER PICKS
Italy and Ukraine meet in Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, in a friendly match. This will be the 6th of the year for Italy, after the previous ones played against Holland, France, Saudi Arabia, England and Argentina. In the case of Ukraine, this is their fifth friendly of the year, after having already faced Albania, Morocco, Japan and Saudi Arabia. There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 29-03-2011 and ended with the score: Ukraine (0-2) Italy.
This is the 6th friendly match of the year for the home team, after previous friendlies in which they recorded the following results: Italy (1-1) Netherlands, France (3-1) Italy, Italy (2-1) Saudi Arabia, England (1-1) Italy and Argentina (2-0) Italy. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with Portugal by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Italia won 6 and tied 4. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 5 matches, but their attack has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback.
The Italian team enters this discouraged match, after a defeat as visitor, 1-0 in the visit to Portugal. So, the Italian team is going through a negative moment, registering four consecutive matches without winning. The Italian team usually acts in a 4-4-2, favoring a faster style of play. For this, you can count on the speed of Immobile and Zaza. To point out that the selection of Italy has lost quality over time. The technician Roberto Mancini will not be able to count on Romagnoli, for being injured.
The visiting team disputes their 5th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies he registered the following scores: Albania (1-4) Ukraine, Morocco (0-0) Ukraine, Japan (1-2) Ukraine and Saudi Arabia (1-1) Ukraine. In their last match, for the UEFA Nations League, they got a home win against Slovakia by (1-0). In the last 4 away matches for Friendly matches Ukraine has 2 wins and 2 draws.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 3 of the last 4 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Ukraine enter this game motivated, after a 1-0 victory in the reception to Slovakia: Yarmolenko, penalty, scored the only goal of the game. So, the Ukrainian team seems to be going through a good moment, with three consecutive victories. The whole of Ukraine usually acts in a 4-3-3, favoring fast transitions. For this, you can count on the speed of Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko. To point out that the Ukrainian team is a set that has a certain quality.