Our football match prediction:
There will be fireworks when Spain and Italy face each other at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the Group G derby. Spain are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the process, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s football match against Italy. Manchester City midfielder David Silva produced a fine display in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend and he will be one of the men to watch in the home team. La Roja are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they aim to keep their 100% record on home soil intact. The Azzurri, on the other hand, rolled over Liechtenstein 5-0 in their last qualifier, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Saturday’s showdown against Julen Lopetegui’s troops. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu clash and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in Madrid.
Highlighted Player (David Silva):
David Silva is a product of Valencia’s youth system. Born on 8 January, 1986, the highly rated footballer made his debut in the 2004/2005 campaign and went on to score a total of 21 goals for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. In 2010, the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Premier League side Manchester City and he has already won two domestic championships with the free-spending club. In the 2015/2016 season David Silva and Co. faced Real Madrid in the Champions League semis, but the Spanish giants proved to be a big catch for the Citizens in the two-legged tie. Silva plays as an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as winger or a second striker as well. He is well known for his possession-retaining qualities and, as a result, he got the nicknames “Merlin” and “El Mago”. David Silva won the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Spain, while winning Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 with La Roja as well.
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.