Italia vs Germany – LIVE Reddit Soccer 04/06/2022
Italy come into the match fresh off from their CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions defeat against Argentina. Though the loss can be attributed to most of their first-team regulars missing the game through injury, the Azzurri have really struggled for form on the international stage in the recent past. Overall, they have won just one of their last five matches. Germany, on the other hand, have been an absolute goal machine, having scored a whopping 20 goals in their last five appearances. Barring their 1-1 draw against the Netherlands, they haven’t lost a game since being knocked out of the round of 16 of the UEFA Euro 2020.
Italy will begin their UEFA Nations League 2022-23 campaign with a home game against Germany in the early hours of Sunday, June 5 at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. The match will kick off at 12:15 AM IST (Indian Standard Time). Now that Giorgio Chiellini’s time with the Azzurri is over, Roberto Mancini is most likely to bring Alessandro Bastnoni in the starting XI. On top of that, the team is still sweating over the fitness of the likes of Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa, Domenico Berardi, Marco Verratti and Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo.
Italy is a team in transition as it gets set to face Germany in both teams’ opener of the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League. The teams have a storied history against each other in European competition, and they have met five times in the World Cup. That includes the 1970 semifinal, known as the “Game of the Century,” which Italy won 4–3 in extra time, with five of the seven goals coming after regulation. There won’t be a rematch this year, as the Italians failed to reach the World Cup for the second consecutive cycle. The Germans breezed through their group in qualifying and are in the mix of favorites for Qatar 2022. The teams have not met since a friendly match in November 2016, a scoreless draw. The Azzurri have a 15-11-9 advantage in all-time meetings, including friendlies.
Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna, Italy. Germany is the +140 favorite (risk $100 to win $140) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Italy vs. Germany odds. Italy is the +190 underdog, a draw is priced at +240 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before you lock in your Germany vs. Italy picks or make any UEFA Nations League predictions, you have to see what SportsLine soccer insider Brandt Sutton has to say.
Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine’s top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Die Mannschaft didn’t face much formidable competition, but it cruised through its qualifying for Qatar with a 9-0-1 mark and a 36-4 advantage in goals. Its last loss was to England in the Round of 16 of Euro 2020, and it is 8-1-0 while conceding just six goals in the nine matches since then. The only blemish is a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in a March friendly. Thomas Muller scored in that match and is the team’s top international scorer. The 33-year-old has 43 goals in 112 international matches and remains one of the world’s top playmakers.
The Germans have a lot more talent than the Italians. Muller’s Bayern Munich teammates Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, along with Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner, among others, provide plenty of firepower. All four have double-digit goals in their Germany careers, led by Werner (22) and Gnabry (20). Manager Hansi Flick also is working some young stars into the mix, including Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala, 19, in midfield and Freiburg 22-year-old Nico Schlotterbeck on the back line.
The Azzurri will be looking to make a statement that they aren’t dead yet. They also will have the home crowd behind them, and that was a huge benefit in the group stage as the team went on to win the Euro 2020 title last summer. Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma was the first goalkeeper to be named outstanding player in that tournament. The 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain rising star can keep his team in any game, and he had a 76.4 save percentage and nine clean sheets in 24 starts for PSG. Veteran captain Leonardo Bonucci will lead the defense in front of him.
The team will be without the likes of Ciro Immobile and Federico Chiesa up top, but Italy still has a fair amount of talent on its side. Marco Verratti could be back after missing Wednesday’s game, and Jorginho, Nicolo Barella and young players like Davide Frattesi and Sandro Tanali are in the mix for spots. Jorginho was a Ballon d’Or candidate after last season with Chelsea but is trying to regain that form. Andrea Bellotti is the top international scorer for the team with 12 goals in 43 matches, and veteran Lorenzo Insigne (10) could help him spearhead the attack.
The UEFA Nations League features a clash between two European giants this weekend as Germany take on Italy on Saturday. Both teams have excellent players in their ranks and have a point to prove this weekend. Germany failed to qualify for the knock-outs in the previous edition and conceded their group’s top spot to Spain. Die Mannschaft were held to a 1-1 draw by the Netherlands in their previous game and will need to take it up a notch in this fixture. Italy have flattered to deceive in the UEFA Nations League and are undergoing another transition at the moment. The Azzurri suffered a damaging 3-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina in the Finalissima earlier this week and cannot afford another debacle in this match.
The current Euro champions are missing quite a few players and are likely to undergo many changes in their playing XI from the team that Roberto Mancini set against Argentina. Long-term absentees in the form of Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa, Domenico Berardi, Marco Verratti, and Nicolo Zaniolo are expected to miss the fixture.
With Giorgio Chiellini drawing curtains to his international career, it is expected that Alessandro Bastoni will fill the former’s place at the heart of the defense. Sandri Tonali is expected to take command of the midfield with the likes of PSG veteran midfielder Verratti. Jorginho’s place has been under scrutiny after the Chelsea midfielder has failed to produce good performances of late.
Jamal Musiala can also feature in the team and can build a solid link with his Bayern Munich teammate Joshua Kimmich. Thomas Muller will lead the German charge with the likes of Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry attacking from both the flanks.