The first event which we really want to predict and make a preview is going to be from World Cup, Qualification, UEFA Playoffs. This is the second leg game between the national teams of Italy and Sweden. The game will be held in San Siro/Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy.
We hope that the encounter will be without controversies. Italy has some difficulties defending counterattacks but they don't allow many of them. We don't think Italy will have many opportunities to counterattack in a home clash. Sweden is not very clinical in finishing scoring opportunities they create from fast open play situations, and they rarely counterattack. On the other hand, they always scored at least one goal in their group games, except in their last match against the team of Netherlands. Their set pieces and headers are a constant threat. If they are allowed to dominate the half-spaces, which might happen in case the opponents put their focus on defending the centre, they are able to create good scoring opportunities by quickly pushing 3-4 players in the box.
Sweden holds all the cards after winning 1:0 in the first-leg game and know that an away goal on Monday would really put them in the driving seat for qualification. Italy has never lost a World Cup qualifier on home soil, a run spanning 54 encounters. In fact, they have only failed to win eight of those games. We are backing to Home win Nil.
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