Italy vs North Macedonia | Match Info, Preview & Lineup

North Macedonia will have a battle on Thursday as they prepare for the approaching WC qualifiers – Europe Game versus Italy.

Italy head into this match coming off the back of 0-0 qualifiers – Europe draw versus Northern Ireland.

In that game, Italy had 71% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. For their opponents, Northern Ireland got 4 attempts on goal with 2 targets.

Their more recent scoreline really illustrates the point that it has been a great time for the Italian defence.

Italy have provided quite a bit of opposition, looking at the goals tally that has ended at their end for the last 6 roads they stand at 4. Still, we just have to find out if that pattern can be replicated in the next games or not.

North Macedonia come into this encounter after qualifying 3-1 WC – Europe won versus Iceland in their last outing.

In that match, North Macedonia managed 57% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target.

For North Macedonia, the goals were scored by Alioski (7') and Elif Elif (65', 86'). At the other end, Iceland had 5 attempts on goal with 1 target. Jรณn Dagur Orsteinsson (54') scores a goal for Iceland.

In 5 of the previous 6 matches featuring North Macedonia, a minimum of three goals have been hit.

The overall average goals scored per game in that time was 3.5, with the average number of goals scored by North Macedonia being 2.33.

Italy vs North Macedonia 
Match Info
Date25 Mar 2022
Time1:15 AM IST ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
StadiumDo Dragao
LeagueWorld Cup Qualifcation

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy XI: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bastoni, Mancini, Emerson; Jorginho, Barella, Verratti; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ N. Macedonia XI: Dimitrievski; S.Ristovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Alioski; Nikolov, Ademi, Bardhi; Churlinov, M.Ristovski, Trajkovski

⭕️ FT : Italy | 0 - 1 | North Macedonia

90+2' | 0 - 1 | Aleksandar Trajkovski

The previous league meeting between these clubs was WC – Europe qualifying match 9 on 06/10/2017 which ended with the score in Italy 1-1 North Macedonia.

In that match, Italy had 57% possession and 9 goal attempts with 3 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet is Giorgio Chiellini (40').

At the other end, North Macedonia had 7 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Trajkovski (77') is the goalscorer.

The match was calculated by Tiago Martins.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is the creative force of the French champions and a world-class professional even though he is only 23.

He considered one of the most talented Italian players of the new generation, Marco Verratti started his career at Pescara, his hometown club, from where he was immediately transferred to PSG much to the shock of the general football community.

The technically gifted playmaker was snapped up by Les Parisiens in 2012 ahead of Napoli, Roma and Juventus in a five-year deal worth €12 million.

Marco Verratti has gone on to become a key member for the French champions who have surpassed the 100-game mark for PSG.

The 23-year-old playmaker is a player of incredible vision and awareness, very calm and composed on the ball. His passing skills are impressive compared to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.

Regardless of his preferred character, Marco Verratti is not afraid to get duels and participates in defensive duties which make him an all-round and overwhelming influence in every segment of the game.

It certainly appears that North Macedonia will need to play some big football to break up an Italian team that is likely to get a big win and possibly a clean sheet.

We talked about commanding a 3-0 win for Italy at full time.

Predicted Score Italy vs North Macedonia: 3-0