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North Macedonia vs Italy predictions: tips, odds & team news

North Macedonia and Italy go head-to-head in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday at 7:45pm (UK time).

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Odds correct as of 14:05 on September 7

After suffering a heavy 7-0 defeat to England in June, North Macedonia have it all to do if they are going to make it to Euro 2024. They currently sit second bottom of Group C, with just three points from their opening three games after they followed up a 1-0 win against bottom side Malta with back-to-back defeats against Ukraine and the aforementioned demolition by the Three Lions three months ago.

With the top two sides England and Ukraine facing off against each other in Poland on Saturday, it will be a good opportunity for both teams to close the gap on the top two, especially for Italy who are already 9 points behind leaders England having played two fewer matches. The Azzurri have one win and one loss from their two openers, having bounced back from their home defeat to England with a 2-0 away win against Malta.

However, Italy are now under new management after Roberto Mancini’s resignation led to the man that led Napoli to Serie A glory last season, Luciano Spalletti taking over. This will be the 64-year-old’s first match in charge of the national side and he will be looking to get off to the best possible start as he aims to guide them to Euro 2024 after their World Cup qualifying heartbreak last year.

North Macedonia vs Italy predictions

North Macedonia vs Italy: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 6/5 with Unibet
Correct Score 1-3 11/1 with BetGoodwin
First Goalscorer Federico Chiesa 7/1 with Betway

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The stats behind our North Macedonia vs Italy predictions:

  • Federico Chiesa has scored in two of his three appearances for Juventus this season
  • Luciano Spalletti led Napoli to their first league title since 1990 last season, winning 28/38 games
  • Italy have kept just one clean sheet in their last four competitive matches
  • Federico Chiesa scored the winning goal against Netherlands in the Nations League third place play-off in June

North Macedonia vs Italy match tip

Federico Chiesa to score anytime at 21/10 with Ladbrokes

Federico Chiesa has started the season impressively for Juventus, scoring in two of the Old Lady’s opening three matches against Udinese and Empoli. The 25-year-old also scored the winner against Netherlands in the Nations League third place play-off in June.

North Macedonia vs Italy Bet-Builder tip

Italy to win > Over 2.5 Goals > Federico Chiesa to score anytime

There have been 12 goals scored in North Macedonia’s last two Euro 2024 qualifiers, with them ending up on the losing side both times (0-7 vs England & 2-3 vs Ukraine. Federico Chiesa has two goals in three starts for Juve this season and scored the winner in Italy’s last competitive match back in June.

North Macedonia vs Italy team news

Defender Visar Musliu missed the 7-0 demolition by England through suspension in North Macedonia’s last qualifier and should come straight back in. They will be without Valon Ethemi, Marjan Radeski and Darko Churliov through injury, while captain Stefan Ristovski has been left out of the squad after reported problems with the manager.

Luciano Spalletti has left out a host of experienced players for his first squad in charge of the national side, with Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluca Scamacca all being left at home. Tottenham’s Guglielmo Vicario’s impressive start to the campaign has been rewarded with a call up, but don’t expect him to be selected in the starting XI ahead of Gianluigi Donnarumma, while captain Ciro Immobile is set to be joined by Matteo Politano and Federico Chiesa in attack in a 4-3-3 set up.

North Macedonia vs Italy head-to-head record

  • 24 Mar 2022 – Italy 0-1 North Macedonia – World Cup Play-Off
  • 06 Oct 2017 – Italy 1-1 North Macedonia – World Cup Qualifier 
  • 09 Oct 2016 – North Macedonia 2-3 Italy – World Cup Qualifier

Italy will be looking for revenge after North Macedonia ended their 2022 World Cup dreams after knocking them out 1-0 in the play-offs back in March last year.

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