In this post betting tips, previews and starting lineups of Group H EURO2016 qualifiers: Italy-Malta, Azerbaijan-Croatia and Bulgaria-Norway.
ITALY - MALTA
Italy is far away from being as strong as the top european teams.
Actual italian national team does not have so many skilled players and indeed the forwarders are naturalized foreigners (the argentinian Vazquez and the brazilian Eder).
Coach Conte had to change scheme and now the preferred one is an offensive 4-3-3 in place of the old 3-5-2.
Italy usually is not that sharp vs mediocre teams such as Malta and indeed the first leg in Malta ended only with a 0-1 win, although the numerical superiority for over 60 minutes.
Malta has improved a lot in the last few years, thanks to the italian coach Ghedin.
Maltese team can now count on a decent defensive organization, although the lacks in the offensive manouvers are still evident.
Malta has only conceded 2 goals in Croatia (the strongest team of Group B) and we expect a similar score tonight vs Italy (2-0, 3-0 max).
Eder is on a good shape. He has already scored 4 goals in the first two italian Serie A round and we like the idea to see him score a goal tonight.
ITALY: Buffon, Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, Pasqual, Pirlo, Verratti, Bertolacci, Candreva, Eder, Pellè.
MALTA: Haber, Muscat Z., Camilleri, Agius, Muscat A., Failla, Muscat R., Briffa, Fenech, Effiong, Schembri.
HOME WIN + UNDER 3.5 (1.90 Matchbook)
HOME WIN + UNDER 4.5 (1.45 Matchbook)
EDER TO SCORE ANYTIME (1.90 Matchbook)
AZERBAIJAN - CROATIA
First leg ended with a 6-0 win for the croatian team. Azerbaijan has then changed coach and the arrival of the croatian Prosinecki has suddenly brought good results: 2-0 win vs Malta and 0-0 draw in Norway.
Croatia is leading the group B but needs a win tonight in order to secure the qualification since next two home matches will be played without supporters due to the swastica drawed on the pitch in the match vs Italy.
In our opinion Croatia will have the best. The forwarder Mandzukic hasn't scored a lot in the last 17 games played: only 2 goals...will he start to score again tonight? Why not?!
AZERBAIJAN: Aghayev, Abisov, Guseynov, Sadygov, Dashedemirov, Abdullayev, Qaravev, Amirguliyev, Nazarov, Qurbanov, Ismayilov.
CROATIA: Subasic, Srna, Lovren, Corluka, Vrsaljko, Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic, Kovacic, Mandzukic.
AWAY WIN (1.40, 888Sport)
MANDZUKIC TO SCORE ANYTIME (2.00, 888Sport)
BULGARIA - NORWAY
This match is a sort of playoff for the 3rd place. Norway had the best in the first leg, but Bulgaria has improved a lot its results in the last year thanks to the new coach Ivaylo Petev.
Bulgaria will play without the goalkeeper Stoyanov and the forwarder Bojinov, but considering that Norway, is not that skilled team we like BULGARIA DOUBLE CHANCE.
It is going to be an intense match because the three points are extremely important and moreover, considering the average skills levels, we do not expect loads of goals here.
BULGARIA: Mitrev; Bandalovski, Aleksandrov A., Bodurov, Minev; Chochev; Tonev, Manolev, Aleksandrov M., Dyakov; Popov.
NORWAY: Nyland; Hogli, Hovland, Forren, Elabdellaoui; Skjelbred, Nordtveit, Johansen, Odegaard; Soderlund, Nielsen.
BULGARIA DOUBLE CHANCE (1.27, Betfair)
UNDER 2.5 (1.57, Betfair)
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