In terms of overall quality, there is little to compare with this match on Saturday evening. Competitively this will be real close-run thing in our opinion and with the pair sitting level on points at the top of their qualifying group, there clearly is much at stake. Indeed the only points dropped in their respective campaigns was when they fought-out a draw in Turin earlier in the campaign.
As such, the winner of this weekend’s contest will likely be heading to the finals in Russia next summer with the loser needing a play-off in order to qualify. As such we can expect an all-out attack from both sides from the outset and there is no question of either Spain or Italy sitting back in the slightest. Spain, as hosts, will likely show more aggression and hardly surprisingly they start as favourites to collect all three points, however Italy beat the Spaniards 2-0 at last summer’s European Championships and held them on home turf in last year’s qualifier.
Italy may lack superstar names within the ranks but the likes of Riccardo Montolivo, Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verrati and Daniele De Rossi can cause the home side plenty of problems and the visitors possess a solid enough defensive set-up. Andrea Belotti will be a thorn in the side for a Spanish rearguard which looks somewhat shaky at times and we feel that it is worth going for Bet365’s 10/1 that Italy win and both teams score in what should prove to be a highly competitive and very open affair on Saturday evening.