Italy and Germany begin their Nations League campaign on Saturday evening when they meet here at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna. They are both among a four team group that also includes England and Hungary.
The European Champions have struggled of late winning just one of their last five including a 3-0 loss to Argentina on Wednesday evening. Germany have been on great form since losing to England in the Euros winning eight and drawing one of their last nine.
At home, Italy have won just two of their last seven which includes a recent play-off defeat to North Macedonia. On the road, Germany are unbeaten in five winning four of these and drawing with the Netherlands.
These two sides have not actually met since 2016 in a November friendly that finished in a goalless draw. Three of their last four meetings have ended all-square the other was won by Germany.
Italy vs Germany: Match Stats
The once great Italian defence is looking in trouble at the moment having shipped five times in their last two matches. The visitors meanwhile are flying in front of goal with 30 strikes from their last nine. The recommendation is to back the visitors to get over 1.5 goals.
Thomas Muller netted in his last international start against the Netherlands and he is a player who needs no introduction. This Italy side will be vulnerable to attack from this Germany line up and he looks a great anytime scorer bet with SkyBet.
15 November 2016- Italy 0-0 Germany- Friendly
2 July 2016- Germany 1-1 Italy- European Championships
29 March 2016- Germany 4-1 Italy- Friendly
15 November 2013- Italy 1-1 Germany- Friendly
28 June 2012- Germany 1-2 Italy- European Championships
It is four without a defeat in recent meetings between the sides for Germany although three have finished all-square. You have to go back to February 1986 for the last time the Germans won away in Italy.