Italy vs Poland Preview

Italy vs Poland

Competition – UEFA Nations League

Stadium – Stadio Renato Della`Ara

Date: 7th September 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Italy are crying out for a rebuild after they disastrously failed to qualify for the last World Cup, and the man they have tasked to take them to the top of World football once again is Roberto Mancini.

The former Manchester City man has started his reign with one win, one loss, and one draw from his first three games in charge.

Losing to France who went on to win the World Cup shouldn’t be hard to take however he needs to get his new look team performing well in this UEFA Nations League campaign.

Poland established themselves as one of Europe’s best attacking sides in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and the Italian league has provided them with some of their best players.

We all know Robert Lewandoski is top class but the early season form of Piotr Zielinski and Arkadiusz Milik for Napoli in the early weeks of the season has been solid, while Genoa seem to have unearthed a new attacking gem in Krzysztof Piatek who has netted three times in the Serie A already this season.

Italy look really poor at the back, and Poland should look to take advantage of that as they have a knack for outscoring their opponents having netted 28 goals to cover the 14 scored against them in their last World Cup qualifying campaign.

Italy have two wins from five meetings against Poland.

Betting markets point to an Italy win here with the Italians trading odds-on which may surprise many given their recent form.

Poland will have their supporters at reasonably long-odds after a respectable campaign in Russia over the summer.

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

Italy

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Italy 1-1 Netherlands 4 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L France 3-1 Italy 1 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W Italy 2-1 Saudi Arabia 28 May, 2018 International Friendly
D England 1-1 Italy 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Argentina 2-0 Italy 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly

Poland

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Japan 0-1 Poland 28 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L Poland 0-3 Colombia 24 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L Poland 1-2 Senegal 19 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Poland 4-0 Lithuania 12 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Poland 2-2 Chile 8 Jun, 2018 International Friendly

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