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Italy vs Ukraine

Competition – International Friendly

Stadium – Comunale Luigi Ferraris

Date: 10th October 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Italy will look to continue rebuilding their team for the next major competition when they take on Ukraine in this friendly game while Ukraine will look to build on their good recent form in this game after missing out on the last World Cup.

Failure to qualify for the last World Cup was a major disappointment for Italian football and they are looking to turn things around quickly having named Roberto Mancini as their new manager.

One problem Italian football seems to have is the presence of a recognizable striker that can deliver on the International stage and that explains why Mancini has had to recall Mario Balotellii however the former Manchester City striker hasn’t been on form this season.

During the last international break, Italy played two games against France and the Netherlands where they lost to France and drew 1:1 against the Netherlands.

They have now won just one of their last seven international games which was a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia.

Ukraine come into this game off the back of a 4-1 away win over Albania, and that was the 4th time they have avoided defeat in as many friendly games.

Ukraine will be keen to keep that record going against Italy in this game.

Bookmakers make Italy slight odds-on favourites to come out on top while goal markets suggest this game will be a tight, low-scoring affair.

This game kicks off at 19:45 BST.

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

Italy

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Portugal 1-0 Italy 10 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
D Italy 1-1 Poland 7 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
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

Ukraine

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Ukraine 1-0 Slovakia 9 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
W Czech Republic 1-2 Ukraine 6 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
W Albania 1-4 Ukraine 3 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Morocco 0-0 Ukraine 31 May, 2018 International Friendly
W Japan 1-2 Ukraine 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Ukraine 0-2 Italy 29 Mar, 2011 International Friendly
Ukraine 1-2 Italy 12 Sep, 2007 UEFA European Championship Qualifying
Italy 2-0 Ukraine 7 Oct, 2006 UEFA European Championship Qualifying
Italy 3-0 Ukraine 30 Jun, 2006 FIFA World Cup
Italy 0-0 Ukraine 2 Jun, 2006 International Friendly

 

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