Italy will look to return to winning ways in Group C when it takes on second-place Ukraine on Tuesday evening. After being disqualified from the 2022 World Cup, Luciano Spalletti will try to guarantee Italy’s participation in the competition.
Italy, the defending European champions, may not have the opportunity to defend their championship in Germany next summer, and hosting Ukraine may not help their qualification chances.
Italy vs Ukraine
It would be disastrous for Italy to miss the European Championship in addition to the World Cup. Only four points were earned from their first three games. Italy now trails Ukraine, which is in second place on the table, by three points.
Although Italy has a backup plan for the Nations League playoffs, Luciano Spalletti is undoubtedly unwilling to take a chance in those games. Italy and North Macedonia drew 1-1 on the road on Saturday. The visitors struggled in that game. Italy has to improve for the game against Ukraine.
In their last two games during the group stage, Ukraine has played well. They will get ready for a crucial match against Italy and are currently second in Group C. On matchday one, they have only ever lost one game to England. Ukraine didn’t play at the World Cup either. For them, it will be important to qualify for the European Championship.
Still, that seemed unlikely from a draw when it was clear that they had to be better than England or Italy. Ukraine has to avoid defeat on Tuesday night to stay with realistic chances. Ukraine is without a loss in the last four matches. In the previous game, they played 1-1 in Wroclaw against England. Gareth Southgate’s team was much better, but Ukraine played solidly and avoided defeat. However, Italy defeated the Netherlands to claim the bronze medal in the UEFA Nations League. They overcame Malta back in March by scoring twice on the second day of play.
The ‘Spalletti Factor’ will be important in this encounter because Italy has won two of their last three games there and the veteran coach is trying to have a winning impact. This game is not likely to feature many goals, though, as the stakes have increased and qualification may be at stake. Italy, who had just one goal scored in their previous home game in 2023, will be pleased with a tight victory that puts them ahead of Ukraine and behind England in the group standings.
A recurrence of that performance would allay any early concerns for the Spalleti era. Their last victory at the San Siro came via a 1-0 victory against England in the Nations League in September 2022.
There is no doubt that the heated environment at San Siro on Tuesday night should work in Ukraine’s favor because they have nothing to lose. The Italians, who are eager for three points, could be restrained by such bravery. However, the Azzurri are without a few key players in the assault, and Ukraine showed over the weekend against England that they are capable of effectively neutralizing even the most potent of international frontlines. As a result, Milan’s matchup should be cagey, with the prizes shared in a deadlock that will only raise more concerns about this Italy team.
Tip: Draw / Under 2.5 Goals
Draw – ❌
Under 2.5 Goals – ❌
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