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Italy vs Macedonia 

Competition – World Cup Qualifying

Stadium – Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino 

Date: 6th October 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Italy may seem to have lost the automatic qualification spot to Spain in this group following their 3-0 thumping at the hands of the La Rojas but they can still do the unlikely if they can win their remaining games and other results go their way.

The Italians are clear favourites in this encounter as their visitors have lost 5 of their last 8 qualifying matches and with the arsenal of attackers in the Italian squad it is hard not to see them winning this game.

The Azzurris have already scored 19 goals in group matches with the likes of Ciro Imobile in hot form, they will definitely be adding more goals to their account.

The Macedonians have had some good but inconsistent results this year and they seem to have nothing more to play for.

They beat Liechtenstein and Belarus by the same score line of 3-0 but they could not do same with much stronger opponents as they lost at home 1-2 to Spain before a narrow 0-1 win over Israel and a 1-1 draw at home to Albania.

They will feel they have what it takes to frustrate the Italians in this game and hold them for at least the opening part of the game.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Italy

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Italy 1-0 Israel Sep 5, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Spain 3-0 Italy Sep 2, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Italy 5-0 Liechtenstein Jun 11, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Italy 3-0 Uruguay Jun 7, 2017 International Friendly
W Italy 8-0 San Marino May 31, 2017 International Friendly

Macedonia 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Macedonia 1-1 Albania Sep 5, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Israel 0-1 Macedonia Sep 2, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Macedonia 1-2 Spain Jun 11, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Macedonia 0-0 Turkey Jun 5, 2017 International Friendly
W Macedonia 3-0 Belarus Mar 28, 2017 International Friendly


H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Macedonia 2-3 Italy Oct 9, 2016 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

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