Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Against all odds, Armenia outplayed Greece in Athens in their last group game in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the team keeping their hopes of booking their place at the next summer’s tournament alive. The Armenians aim to extend their winning run in Group J to three games, but Italy are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals.
The Azzurri have been impressive in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the team recording a win in each of their four group games. Roberto Mancini’s troops aim to keep their 100% record in the qualifiers intact and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game. In their last meeting in Yerevan Italy recorded a 3-1 win over Armenia, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Roberto Mancini’s team.
Highlighted Player (David Arshakyan):
David Arshakyan is a Russian footballer who currently plays for Chicago Fire as a striker. Arshakyan was born on August 16, 1994 and he played for local club Smena St. Petersburg during his youth career. On the other hand, he started his professional career with Armenian club FC Mika, but he made no more than three appearances for the Mika Stadium outfit.
The Russian footballer then joined Lithuanian side FK Trakai and he scored 36 goals in 57 appearances for the club in two seasons. On July 28, 2016 he produced probably the best performance of his career as he scored a hat-trick in a victory over FK Utenis Utena. Six days later it was announced that he would join MLS side Chicago Fire on a two-year deal.
Arshakyan made his debut for the club on August 27, 2016, coming as a substitute after 56 minutes. Speaking of his international career, the Chicago Fire attacker debuted for Armenian national team on September 4, 2016 against Denmark.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.