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Lithuania vs Italy: Predictions
Roberto Mancini’s side opened their World Cup Qualifiers with back-to-back 2-0 wins over Northern Ireland and Bulgaria which has them sitting pretty at the top of Group C – ahead of Switzerland on goal difference. Wednesday’s visitors will be hoping they can continue from where they left off on Sunday having not qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s second-minute strike on Sunday was enough to provide Switzerland with the three points in their game against Lithuania. Despite the narrow scoreline, Valdas Urbonas’s side only managed one shot on target and 31% of the possession.
The Italians inflicted national suffering after not qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup, however, their hosts on Wednesday have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament in their history. The loss to Sweden which saw the Italians denied a place at Russia 2018 was a new low for the four-time winners who will be all out to avoid the same happening this time around.
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Lithuania vs Italy: Match Stats
Ciro Immobile has shown fine form in Serie A this season as his Napoli side aim to break back into the top four to secure a place in next season’s Champions League – scoring 14 in his 21 appearances. The 31-year-old appears to have carried his domestic form over to the national side as he netted their second goal against Northern Ireland last week but only came on for the final 15 minutes of their victory against Bulgaria on the weekend.
Across their opening two games of their World Cup Qualifiers, Italy have not conceded a goal and have Gianluigi Donnarumma has only had four saves to make in the 180 minutes of football. In Italy’s last 12 games across all competitions, they have only conceded three goals and they have not conceded more than once in a game since June 2018.
Lithuania vs Italy: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Lithuania 0-1 Italy
Lithuania vs Italy: Odds
Lithuania vs Italy: Head to Head
6 June 2007 – Lithuania 0-2 Italy – Euro Qualifiers
2 September 2006 – Italy 1-1 Lithuania – Euro Qualifiers
1 September 2001 – Lithuania 0-0 Italy – World Cup Qualifiers
28 March 2001 – Italy 4-0 Lithuania – World Cup Qualifiers
These two sides have not met much in recent years, but looking back at their previous meetings it is clear to see Italy have had the better of the results. Across the six games these two nations have played each other Italy have won four and drawn two, however, two of the last three have ended as a draw.