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North Macedonia vs Italy Predictions

Published on 6:45pm GMT 9 September 2023

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  • Toshe Proeski Arena
North Macedonia
Italy
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Over 2.5 Match Goals

Reason for tip

North Macedonia scored in both legs of their World Cup 2022 play-off win over Italy and are generally good for a goal at home, having managed seven goals across their last five at home. However, Italy arrive here seeking revenge and a result as they bid to keep their qualification bid on track and they have been in good scoring form with seven goals across their last four games. As such, both teams should be expected to combine for at least three goals here.

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Italy 3-1

Reason for tip

North Macedonia’s qualification hopes are already look slim and with Italy seeking a bit of revenge the Azzurri can claim a 3-1 win here. The Italians are capable of scoring heavily on occasion, having hit three against the Netherlands last time out, but the hosts can at least keep it respectable in front of their own fans with a goal.

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North Macedonia vs Italy Predictions

  • Italy will be looking for revenge against a side who denied them a World Cup place
  • North Macedonia have scored in five consecutive home games
  • Italy have conceded in five of their last six games on foreign soil.

Italy have a point to prove

Italy have some work to do to reach Euro 2024 as they trail Ukraine and England in Group C, albeit with games in hand, and they also have the chance to exact some revenge on North Macedonia on Saturday.

The hosts ended the Azzurri’s World Cup 2022 dream in a play-off before falling short themselves at the final hurdle, but have struggled during this qualification campaign and suffered a demoralising 7-0 loss to England in their last fixture.

Hosts could be good for a goal

Italy are the heavy favourites to win and I am expecting them to come out on top, but they look too against a team that avoided defeat in two meetings last year.

North Macedonia scored in both legs of the Qatar play-off last year and have scored in five consecutive home games.

Italy’s defence hasn’t been particularly strong of late and they have conceded in five of their last six games on foreign soil.

However, Italy’s need is greater here and they have been in good scouring form with six goals in total across their last three games, so these sides should be able to combine for at least three goals.

as North Macedonia’s qualification hopes are already essentially over so the visitors should be able to come out on top and a 3-1 win for Italy looks a reasonable correct score prediction. The Italians are capable of scoring heavily on occasion, having hit three against the Netherlands last time out, but the hosts can at least keep it respectable in front of their own fans.


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