Our football match prediction:
Tuesday’s football match at Mapei Stadium - Citta del Tricolore pits together Italy and Israel. Italy have been impressive at home ground in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they are seen as hot favourites to win the upcoming qualifier. The Azzurri are fighting hard with Spain to secure automatic qualification for the next year’s tournament in Russia and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Elisha Levi’s troops. Ciro Immobile is likely to lead the line for the hosts and the opposition defenders should have the Lazio attacker at bay. Israel, on the other hand, have little to play for in Tuesday’s game and they are unlikely to spoil Italy’s party in Reggio Emilia. Italy recorded a 3-1 win over Israel in Haifa earlier in the process and, taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on Gian Piero Ventura’s troops.
Highligted Player (Bonucci):
Over the years Leonardo Bonucci has established himself as one of Juve’s key defenders. The 190-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a right back as well, was born in Viterbo on 1 May, 1987 and he started his senior career at Inter. However, he made no more than one league appearance for the Nerrazzurri between 2005 and 2009. After ending his loan spells with the likes of Treviso and Pisa, he joined Bari in 2009 and he scored one goal in 38 league games for the club. Juventus signed him in July, 2010 for a fee of €15.5 million. Leonardo Bonucci won his fifth Scudetto with Juve in the 2015/2016 season and he played in the 2014/2015 Champions League final against Barcelona. However, the Bianconeri were beaten by Barca in the title game. Bonucci made his Italy debut on 3 March, 2010 and two years later he participated in the Euro 2012 final against Spain. The Azzurri were hammered by Vicente del Bosque’s troops 4-0 in the Olympic Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (Israel):
Israel are the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine national football team. The Israelis received full UEFA membership in 1994, 20 years after leaving AFC and they have been facing European sides in the World Cup qualifiers ever since. Israel participated at the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament. The Israeli national football team have yet to qualify for the final stages of the European Championship, but they made it to the quarter-finals of the Olympics on two occasions (1968, 1976). Israel play their home games at both Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa and Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Yossi Benayoun is the most famous and the most capped Israeli footballer and it has to be noted that the pacey midfielder played for the likes of Racing Santander, West Ham United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the past. Israel play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, whilst they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.