Finland U19 – Italy U19 Prediction & Picks (16.07.2018)

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The final phase of this tournament begins, which serves to classify the next U20 World Cup that FIFA will organize in Poland next year. Therefore, it is important to achieve good results from the first game to try to achieve one of the 5 existing places. In the previous one, the Italian team starts as favorite due to its higher rank in the category. However, you can not rely too much, since the Finns are local in this opportunity to be the organizers of the championship. The goal of the “Azzurra” is to start the championship with a good start and win even if it’s a goal difference if the process of the game is more complicated than expected.

Finland sub 19:

The Finns did not play the previous stages that classified the other teams in this tournament, since they are the organizers of the tournament. Of course, they have played a lot of friendlies in recent months to get the best way possible to this competition (9 over almost a year, achieving various results throughout this process). A detail to consider of all these encounters is that they have allowed the team to catch the rhythm of football to avoid a bad campaign as host. At the beginning everything became more difficult, since there were 5 consecutive defeats and two equalities in a row. Later came the only two victories of the squad in all this time (3-0 to Montenegro Sub 20 and 2-0 to Turkey sub 19 in June and July of this 2018).

If we analyze the defeats mentioned in the previous paragraph, these were the following: 3-0 against Portugal sub 19, 0-9 against Netherlands sub 19, 2-1 against Georgia sub 19, 2-0 against this last opponent again and 5 -0 against Macedonia sub 19. After these poor markers, the performance of the team improved a little as it equaled 0-0 against the Macedonians in their second game in less than a month and 2-2 against Switzerland sub 19. Continuing with the analysis, you should know that Finland uses a 4-4-2 system to stand in the field, with the leading figures Forss, Valakari and the Vertainen midfielder (author of 3 goals in recent victories against Montenegrins and Turks respectively).

Italy sub 19:

The Italians arrived at this instance after overcoming two previous phases. In the first one he won the 3 matches he played, after defeating Moldova 4-0, Estonia 2-1 and Sweden 2-3. In the second he added 7 units and exceeded selections of greater collective weight. He defeated Greece 0-2, defeated Poland 4-3 and drew 1-1 against the Czech Republic. Apparently is an eleven with a goal, since almost always manages to score 2 goals at least in their presentations. It should be noted that he does not play officially since the game against the Czechs, which was played almost 4 months ago. More precisely on May 27.

If we try to visualize what Italy will do in this game, we believe that it will use a classic 4-3-3 system. Its objective is to associate by the center of the field and by the bands, trying to arrive with several men to the rival area. In the midfield, Mallamo, Marcucci and Melegoni will be important in recovery, creation and balance tasks. Above, Brignola, Scamacca and Capone will be in charge of deepening everything done by the team. It is expected that the wings also contribute projecting, but without looking badly stopped at the time of marking.

The only match that both teams have faced in the category was a few years ago (October 8, 2015). On that occasion, the final score was equal to one goal per side (1-1 partial from the first half after overtaking Italy at 26 ‘minutes of play and receiving the tie 7’ after).


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