Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Italy play host to Bosnia and Herzegovina at their Stadio Artemio Franchi in the opening match of their UEFA Nations League campaign. The Azzurri impressed in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the team keeping their 100% record intact thanks to a thrilling 9-1 over Armenia in their last group match. The Italians aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Bosnia in their Nations League opener.
A man to watch in the home team will be Lazio attacker Ciro Immobile, who scored 36 goals in the Serie A last season. The Bosnians, on the other hand, take on Northern Ireland in the European Championship playoffs in October. Dusan Bajevic’s troops head into Thursday’s football match without Miralem Pjanic, Rade Krunic, Besim Serbecic, and Miroslav Stevanovic, and seeing that Italy are a real force to be reckoned with at home, Edin Dzeko and Co. are unlikely to grab something from the game.
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 (Bosnia & Herzegovina):
Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team have been competiting on the international stage since the country declared independence in 1992. The former Yugoslavian republic did well to book their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, but the Balkan Dragons failed to impress at the showpiece tournament.
Bosnia were beaten by the likes of Argentina and Nigeria in the group stages of the competition, but they gave fans some cheer on June 25, 2014, with the team beating Iran 3-1 in their final group game. The Dragons welcome their rivals at Bilino Polje in Zenica and the capacity of the venue is 15.600. Bosnia play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, whilst the colour of their away kits is white.
Roma attacker Edin Dzeko, who used to play for the likes of Wolfsburg and Manchester City, is undisputedly the team’s most notable footballer. Serie A ace Miralem Pjanic is yet another player to mention as he has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world football.