Italy v Portugal match preview and predictions 17th November 2018

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Former World Champions Italy clashes with reigning European Champions Portugal in group A3 of the UEFA Nationals League both sides keen to get the maximum points in an evenly balanced encounter.

Italy will be out to maximize the massive home support to stage a brilliant display and snatch the maximum points in the tricky encounter.

The Azzurri will keen to build on their 1-0 win away to Poland in the UNL and get the vital win at their backyard and bag the maximum points.

Despite their recent victory over Poland Roberto Mancini charges have been far from convincing in their last five matches managing three draws and suffered one defeat in their previous four matches.

The home side currently lies second in the UNL group A3 with four points from 3 matches played and a win in the upcoming encounter could see them move them to climb on the summit of standings of the group.

Portugal head to Italy plotting to stage an upset for the native supporters and bag the maximum points.

The Portuguese head into Italy in high morale after thrashing Scotland 3-1 away from home in an international friendly encounter and more of the same will be their top priority.

Fernando Santos charges will be brimming with confidence coming into the clash thanks to their decent form that has seen them manage three wins, one draw and suffered one defeat in their last five matches coming into the clash.

The visitor lies on the summit of UNL group A3 with 6 points from two matches played and a win in the coming clash will see them open a four-point gap lead at the top of the group.

Italy will rely on Lazio marksman Ciro Immobile to deliver the goals upfront while Portugal will be counting on the inform Sevilla hitman Andre Silva to fire them past the hosts.

HEAD TO HEAD

Portugal has won one, draw one, Italy won one of the last three matches between the two sides

TIP

Under 2.5

Odds

1.60

Stake

Large

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