Kick off: Wednesday, 22 June @20:00 GMT
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq)
Head to Head Record
Italy vs Republic of Ireland 0-0 (2014 Friendly International)
Italy vs Republic of Ireland 2-0 (Euro 2012)
Italy vs Republic of Ireland 0-2 (2011 Friendly International)
Republic of Ireland vs Italy 2-2 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
Italy vs Republic of Ireland 1-1 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
Italy vs Republic of Ireland Team News
Antonio Candreva picked up a knock against Sweden and he is unlikely to recover in time to face Republic of Ireland in the final group game. Stefano Sturaro is widely expected to take his place in the starting line-up. Gianluigi Buffon is likely to be rested against Ireland and there is every chance Salvatore Sirigu will start in goal. As reports in Italy suggest, Antonio Conte is likely to make a number of changes to the team that faced Sweden.
Doubtful: Antonio Candreva (40/4)
Stoke City winger Jonathan Walters returned to training, but he is unlikely to be risked against Italy. Robbie Keane and Robbie Brady are recovering from their respective knocks as well and they are rated doubtful for the Italy clash. Shane Long has been playing below expectations at Euro 2016 finals, but he is widely expected to lead the line for the Boys in Green against Italy. Aiden McGeady is widely expected to be recalled to the starting XI.
Injured: Jonathan Walters (40/10)
Doubtful: Robbie Keane (145/67), Robbie Brady (26/4)
- Italy are after their fifth consecutive win in all competitions
- Azzurri managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last four matches
- Republic of Ireland aim to put an end to their five-game winless run
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in previous three meetings between the two teams
- In their last meeting at Euro finals Italy recorded a 2-0 win over Ireland
Italy vs Republic of Ireland Prediction
Italy have already clinched top position in Group E and, as I have already mentioned, coach Antonio Conte is likely to experiment against Republic of Ireland. The Boys in Green have slim chances of qualifying for the knockout stages and there is every chance they will go all guns blazing at the Azzurri. However, seeing that Italy have been impressive at the back at the Euro 2016 finals, under 2.5 goals bet appears on the cards.
Betting Tip: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.50 (1/2) @Unibet
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