Our football match prediction:
Italy sit in second place in Group G ahead of Sunday’s football match against Liechtenstein, but they are breathing down Spain’s neck. The Azzurri are level on points with La Furia Roja after five rounds and, no doubt, they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach against Rene Pauritsch’s charges. The Italians head into the match following a thrilling 8-0 win over San Marino and we predict that the hosts will give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Liechtenstein suffered a loss in each of their five group games and it is no surprise they are regarded as big underdogs in Sunday’s encounter against Italy. When the two teams met in Vaduz earlier in the process Italy recorded a routine 4-0 win over the minnows and the history is likely to repeat itself. Lazio attacker Ciro Immobile is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against Liechtenstein.
Highlighted Player (Mario Balotelli):
Mario Balotelli is a controversial footballer who played for both Inter and Milan in the past. The Italian attacker, who was born on 12 August, 1990, started his senior career at Lumezzane and in 2007 he signed a contract with the Nerazzurri. After scoring 20 goals in 59 league appearances with Inter, he moved to Manchester City in 2010. Super Mario spent three seasons at the Etihad Stadium and he returned to Serie A in 2013, signing a deal with Inter’s fiercest rivals Milan this time out. Balotelli scored 26 goals in 43 league games with the Rossoneri, but in the summer of 2014 he signed for Liverpool for a fee of £16 million. The Italian attacker is well known for his powerful shoot, but he often struggles to control his volatile temper. Super Mario impressed at the 2012 European Championship finals and he helped Italy make it to the final of the tournament. However, Spain proved to be a big catch for the Azzurri in the title game.
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.