The first semi-final round of the UEFA Nations League will see the rematch of the European Championship semi-final as Italy and Spain once again meet in another exciting international football action this week. The home team is very close to adding this title in their trophy haul, while the away team will aim to bounce back from their recent loss against the same opponent.
Italy vs. Spain
San Siro Stadium, Milan
October 7, 2021, Thursday 2:45 PM (GMT+8)
Italy thrashed Lithuania 5-0 in the World Cup 2022 qualifier to clinch first victory since Euro 2020 triumph, extending their unbeaten run to 37 despite the back-to-back draw heading to the win. Italy’s last defeat came in the group stage of the Nations League in 2018 against Portugal that was followed by a draw in a friendly against Ukraine 1-1. Since then, Italy have won 29 matches and drawn 6.
Meanwhile, Spain have won 5 of their last 10 games they played across all competitions, defeated in 2 games, including the defeat via penalties in the Euro 2020, and drawn 2. Spain have scored 10 goals in the last 5 matches and conceded 5 goals. They will head to game with a back-to-back win from World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia 4-0 and Kosovo 2-0 after losing their opening campaign to Sweden 2-1.
These two teams last met in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, with Spain winning the penalty shootout after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. A total of 12 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 5 for Azzurri and 7 coming from La Furia Roja. That is an average goals per game value of 2. Spain have a 13-12 advantage against Italy with 13 draws in 38 matches they played against each other.
Italy 2.28 – Draw 3.05 – Spain 3.00
FT.HDP – Italy 0-0.5
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