Our prediction for this match:
Italy and San Marino, the two neighbouring countries, go head to head in a pre-EURO friendly at Sardegna Arena. The Italians have big ambitions for the upcoming showpiece tournament, and, no doubt, they want to prepare in the best way possible. The Azzurri have been impressive in the World Cup qualifiers to date, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat the minnows in Sardinia.
Even though head coach Roberto Mancini is likely to stick to his rotation policy, home win should be considered. PSG attacker Moise Kean is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. San Marino, on the other hand, continue to serve as a cannon fodder for their rivals in qualifiers for major tournaments. The underdogs failed to find the net in the previous ten games in all competitions, and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking Roberto Mancini’s troops in Cagliari.
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 (San Marino):
San Marino played their first official match back in 1990, with the team suffering a 4-0 loss to Switzerland in the European Championship qualifiers. The minnows often serve as a cannon fodder for their rivals in competitive games, but it has to be noted that they did well to hold Estonia to a goalless draw in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
San Marino have yet to record a win in the qualifiers for the major tournaments, but on April 28, 2004 they recorded a hard-fought victory over Liechtenstein in a friendly match and that is considered their biggest achievement. “La Serenissima” welcome their rivals at San Marino Stadium and the capacity of the venue is only 6.664.
San Marino footballers wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kits is white. It is well known that San Marino have never participated at the finals of the FIFA World Cup or the European Championship.