Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Italy will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group J intact when they host Armenia at Stadio Renzo Barbera in their last game of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. The Azzurri have been scoring goals for fun in the process, with the team netting ten goals in total in previous three group games. Roberto Mancini’s men proved their worth in a 3-0 win over Bosnia on Friday evening, and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to pick up all three points from their last group game.
The Armenians, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back losses to the likes of Finland and Greece. Since the visitors have nothing to play for in Monday’s qualifier, we are tempted to put our money on Italy, who aim to record their tenth consecutive win in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
Highlighted Player (Mattia De Sciglio):
Mattia De Sciglio is an Italian international defender who has spent his entire career up to date at boyhood club AC Milan, and while he is widely regarded as one of world’s most talented defenders, the reality is he has yet to realise his full potential.
The skilful defender is equally successful at operating on the right or left side of defence, but it is this versatility that probably prevented him from impressing in a single position. De Sciglio has amassed quite a few appearances for both AC Milan and Italy national team, albeit without ever becoming an undisputed member of either side, and the Italian public is still waiting for him to justify all the hype.
De Sciglio quickly earned more than 20 caps, representing Azzurri at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup finals, but he lost his place in the side in the build up to the Euro 2016 tournament in France, and will have to raise his form if he wants to win it back any time soon.
Highlighted Team (Armenia):
Armenia footballers played for Soviet Union national football team until 1991, when the country declared independence. The Football Federation of Armenia was founded the following year and they quickly established relations with both FIFA (1992) and UEFA (1993).
Despite the fact that Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays for the Armenia national football team, the Havakakan have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament. Mkhitaryan is undisputedly the team’s most famous footballer, but we should mention former Ajax striker Edgar Manucharyan as well, who is in the twighlight of his career. Armenia played their first international game against Moldova in October, 1992 and it has to be noted that they played out a goalless draw with the former Soviet republic.
The Armenians have slim chances of qualifying for the FIFA World cup 2018 finals, but they did well to beat Montenegro in the process. Armenia footballers wear red shirts and red shorts when playing at home ground (Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium), while the colour of their away kits is white.