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ITA vs SWI: Match Prediction, Preview & Kickoff Time

In the FIFA World Cup European qualifications, Italy takes on Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico in Group C. Italy is at the top of the table purely thanks to a slight goal difference advantage. The victors of the European Championships 2020 are coming off a 2-1 triumph over Belgium in the Nations League third-place match.

Roberto Mancini's side has conceded fewer than two goals in four of their previous seven matches, thanks to their tenacious defence.

In the qualifications, they have kept two clean sheets in a row and have kept sixteen clean sheets in their previous twenty-four games. A win for one of the two teams basically eliminates the other from having a chance to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

Italy, although having struggled to compete since memorably lifting their fourth World Cup in 2006, failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They were also ousted in the group stage of the 2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament.

Switzerland is coming off a convincing 4-0 win over Lithuania on the road. The Swiss have now won four games in a row with a clean sheet. Switzerland, like Italy, has scored fewer than two goals in three of their last four matches and has only conceded one goal in the qualifiers thus far. It's also worth noting that fewer than two goals have been scored in four of the last five games between the two teams.

SUMMARY:

Switzerland is more than capable of achieving a positive outcome on Friday, but they will be without a number of key players. I expect this to be a close encounter between two good teams, but I feel Italy will just hold on for a crucial three points at home. This match will be won by Italy.

KICKOFF TIME: Italy versus Switzerland will go down tomorrow at 8:45PM Nigerian time.

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