Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Stadio Renato Dall’Ara when Italy and Germany face each other in the UEFA Nations League derby. The Azzurri head into Saturday’s clash following the Finalissima, meaning that tired legs could prove to be a big problem for Roberto Mancini’s troops. All Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Rafael Toloi, and Gaetano Castrovilli have been ruled out with injuries for the home team.
Hansi Flick’s troops, on the other hand, impressed in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the team collecting 27 points from possible 30 in the process. The Germans are eyeing yet another successful campaign, but beating Italy in Bologna is easier said than done. A close match is on the cards, and we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Real Madrid midfielder Tony Kroos has been left out of the squad, but all Sane, Werner, Gundogan, Haverz, and Rudiger made the cut.
Highlighted Player (Marco Verratti):
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is the creative force of the French champions and a world-class professional even though he is only 23. Deemed one of the most talented Italian players of the new generation, Marco Verratti began his career in Pescara, his home town club, from which he was directly transferred to PSG much to surprise of the general football community.
Technically gifted playmaker was snapped by Les Parisiens in 2012 in front of Napoli, Roma and Juventus in a five-year deal worth €12 million. Marco Verratti has since gone to become a key member for the French champions already surpassing the 100-game mark for PSG.
The 23-year-old playmaker is a player of great vision and awareness, very calm and composed on the ball. His passing skills are impressive often compared to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo’s. Despite his diminutive figure Marco Verratti is not afraid to get in duels and participate in defence duties which make him an all-rounder and great influence in every segment of the play.
Highlighted Team (Germany):
Competing for major honours since 1900, Germany are now one of the leading national teams in the history of football, boasting no fewer than seven titles in their trophy cabinet. Oddly enough, die Mannschaft have won the four World Cups in regular intervals, having finished as champions in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, while lifting European Championship trophies in 1972, 1980 and 1996.
And having also lost seven major finals, it is fair to say that Germany have challenged for the trophy at almost every single major tournament since 1954. There have been too many world-class players to count that have represented Germany so far, but it is Lothar Matthaus who holds the record for most caps, having featured in 150 matches, whereas Miroslav Klose is the top goalscorer with 71 goals in 137 outings.
Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have all had important roles to play in the past, whereas the new generation has seen Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller strut their stuff on international stage.