Our football match prediction:
Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino will host Friday’s football game between Italy and FYR Macedonia. The Azzurri did well to bounce back from a heartbreaking 3-0 loss to Spain, with the team beating Israel in their last group game. The Italians are three points behind Spain in Group G, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for Giampiero Ventura’s troops. Macedonia have nothing to play for in Friday’s qualifier against Italy and they are widely expected to return home empty-handed. Ciro Immobile has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and the Lazio striker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Taking everything into account, we predict that Italy will record a routine win over Macedonia in Turin. When the two teams met at Telekom Arena in Skopje earlier in the process Italy recorded a 3-2 win over Macedonia, with Immobile scoring the winner for the Azzurri in the dying seconds of the match.
Highlighted 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 (Macedonia):
Former Yugoslavian republic Macedonia became member of both FIFA and UEFA in 1994 and they have been competing on the international stage ever since. The Crveni Risovi rolled over Slovenia (4-1) in their first ever official match and the team recorded their biggest win on November 9, 11996, with the team crushing minnows Liechtenstein 11-1 in Eschen-Mauren. The Macedonians have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament despite the fact that several high-profile footballers played for the former Yugoslav republic. Goran Pandev is undisputedly the team’s most notable player as he played for the likes of Lazion, Inter, Napoli and Galatasaray during his professional career. Pandev scored his 28th and 29th goal for Macedonia in a 3-0 win over Belarus in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. However, Goce Sedloski is the most capped player (100). Macedonia welcome their rivals at Philip II Arena and they wear red shirts with yellow stripe and red shorts when playing at home ground. The colour of their away kits is white.