Our match prediction:
Italy continue their Euro 2016 preparations by testing their skills against Scotland in Malta, with the Azzurri facing all sorts of problems ahead of the tournament finals. Claudio Marchisio, Mattia Perin and Marco Verratti had been earlier ruled out through injury, whereas Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco were among those to miss out on the provisional Euro 2016 squad. Thiago Motta and Riccardo Montolivo are unavailable for the Scotland game through injury, but Federico Bernardeschi should recover from fever. Meanwhile, the Tartan Army will have failed to qualify for the Euro 2016, but they are currently on a three-match winning run and they will want to keep the great atmosphere in the squad with a promising showing against their more illustrious opponents. And taking into account that Italy are going through a very rough patch at the moment, we predict that Scotland will avoid defeat in their penultimate game before the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highligted Player (De Rossi):
Daniele De Rossi is one of the most impressive products of Roma’s youth academy. De Rossi played as a striker at the start of his career, but he has since developed into one of world’s leading holding midfielders. The Italian footballer plays as a centre back as well and he has been a part of Roma since 2001. De Rossi was born on 24 July, 1983 in the capital of Italy and he has 16 caps for Italy U21 team. The Roma midfielder won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy as they defeated France in the title game. De Rossi is well known for his tackling, vision, brilliant passing and awareness and he is capable of reading the game. The Italian footballer made 24 appearances for Roma in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign and he represented Italy at the 2016 European Championship finals. However, the Azzurri failed to record a good result at the tournament in France as they were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.
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.