Our prediction for this match:
Italy and Estonia face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence. The Azzurri should use this friendly to rest key players for the UEFA Nations League derby against Poland. Juve duo Chiesa – Chiellini is out of contention with injury, while Lazio attacker Ciro Immobile is rated doubtful for the clash. Italy boss Roberto Mancini, though, has strength in depth, and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered.
Estonia, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement in recent months, with the team sharing the spoils with both Armenia and North Macedonia in the previous two Nations League games, but Italy are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visiting team than their previous rivals. When the two teams met at Stadio Alberto Braglia nine years ago Italy recorded a routine 3-0 win over Estonia.
Highlighted Player (Lorenzo Insigne):
Born in Frattamaggiore, Naples on June 4, 1991, Lorenzo Insigne is an Italian footballer who plays for his hometown club Napoli in the Serie A. Insigne is a product of Olimpia Sant’Arpino football school, but he joined the Partenopei at the age of 15.
The diminutive attacker scored his first ever goal in the Italian top flight on September 16, 2012 in a 3-1 win over Parma. Insigne, who played for the likes of Cavese, Foggia and Pescara on loan before returning to Naples, made his debut with the Italian national team on September 11, 2012 in the World Cup qualifier against Malta.
The Napoli forward scored his first ever goal for the Azzurri in a friendly against Argentina on August 14, 2013. His main position is left winger, but he is used as a second striker as well. Lorenzo Insigne has a contract with Napoli until June 30, 2022.
Highlighted Team (Estonia):
Former Soviet republic Estonia declared its independence on August 20, 1991 and they have been participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions ever since. The Estonians have yet to make it to the finals of a major tournament, but they often made life difficult for European giants in the qualifiers.
In 2010 Estonia did well to beat Serbia in Belgrade in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, but they eventually failed to qualify for the showpiece tournament. “The Blueshirts” welcome their rivals at Le Coq Arena in Tallinn and the capacity of the stadium is 10.500. Sergei Zenjov, who played for the likes of Blackpool, Karpaty and Torpedo Moscow in the past is one of the most famous Estonian footballers.
Ragnar Klavan is yet another notable footballer who plays for both Estonia national football team and Liverpool. The Estonians play their home games in blue shirts and black shorts, while they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.