Luciano Spalletti would like to get the first victory of his stint with the Azzurri in Italy vs Ukraine. After a mediocre performance against North Macedonia, Spalletti will have to come up with better solutions. Italy have to get into the top two spots of Group C to qualify for the next stage. They face Ukraine, who are in the second spot and have three points more than Italy after playing a game more than them.
After a painful 1-0 defeat in the World Cup qualifiers by the hands of North Macedonia, Italy were on course to get their revenge on the weekend. However, after their new captain, Ciro Immobile gave the opening blow with his header, Italy could not extend their lead. Enis Bardhi stepped up to convert the free-kick and get a point at home. Italy’s third-place finish in the Nations League guarantees the Azzurri a spot in the Euro qualifiers. But the Azzurri would hope they do not have to rely on that backup.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is going through a brilliant run since losing 2-0 to England in the opening game of the Euros. After picking up victories against North Macedonia and Malta, Ukraine managed to hold England on the weekend.
Italy vs Ukraine: Team news, tactics, and prediction
Spalletti is facing a few injury issues after the North Macedonia game. Pellegrini and Chiesa were already out, and now Mancini and Politano have thigh and Calf issues. This leaves Italy thin in the back and front.
Meanwhile, Ukraine hopes that their star winger Mykhaylo Mudryk will recover in time for the game tonight. But Matvienko remains a doubt for this match as he got off after half-time against England.
Italy should pull through this time as they are back at their home soil, and have the quality to get all three points.
Italy 2-1 Ukraine.