Our match prediction:
The World Cup holders have surprisingly struggled of late, losing three of last four matches, and it would appear they have let down their guard after booking the ticket to France. Following the 2-0 friendly defeat to France, Die Mannschaft looked to be heading for a triumph against England as they were two goals up at the hour mark, but were then completely outclassed by the Three Lions and had to settle for a 3-2 loss. With the unexpected defeat set to serve as a major blow to the players’ confidence, there is a chance team’s poor run will continue against Italy. While their record in competitive matches is virtually impeccable, the Azzurri rarely impress in international friendlies, although they have improved a bit in this aspect under Antonio Conte. While losing to Portugal and Belgium, Italy shared spoils with England, Romania and Spain, so they probably would not be disappointed with another draw. The Azzurri looked good against Spain and came close to winning, but Germany can be trusted to respond to the England loss with a strong performance.
Highligted Player (Buffon):
Gianluigi Buffon is a legendary Italian goalkeeper. The 191-cm-tall shoot-stopper was born in Carrara, Italy on 28 January, 1978 and he began his senior career at Parma. After making 169 league appearances for the Gli Emiliani, he joined Juventus in 2001 and he has been playing for the “Old Lady” ever since. Buffon is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football and he won seven Serie A trophies with Juve. In 2006 he helped Italy clinch the FIFA World Cup trophy as they defeated France on penalties in the title game. He managed to keep no less than five clean sheets at the showpiece tournament in Germany. Buffon set a number of records and it has to be noted that he is a goalkeeper with most number of clean sheets and penalty kicks saved in the Serie A. His mother Mara Stella was a discus thrower, while his father Adriano was a weightlifter. Gigi’s contract with Juve expires on 30 June, 2018.