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EC Qualification

  • 25 March 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana
  • Referee: F. Brych
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Slovenia - Italy Preview: Prandelli’s men aim to pull away from hosts in Group C

Slovenia - Italy Preview: Prandelli’s men aim to pull away from hosts in Group C

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Slovenia: S. Handanovic; Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic; Radosavljevic; Birsa, Ilicic, Koren; Novakovic, Matavz.

Slovenia


Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Balzaretti; Montolivo, Motta, Aquilani, Mauri; Pazzini, Cassano.

Italy




DID YOU KNOW?
  • Slovenia have picked up two wins over Italy in their last five encounters (W2 D1 L2).
  • Slovenia have yet to lose to Italy at home (W1 D1).
  • The last four matches between the teams have been decided by a single goal.
  • Seven players in the Slovenian squad currently ply their trade in Serie A.
  • Tim Matavz has scored three goals in three games in the qualifying campaign.
  • Italy are currently three points ahead of Slovenia at the top of Group C.
  • Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli were left out of the squad for disciplinary reasons.
  • Six different players have scored for Italy during the current qualifying campaign.
  • Antonio Cassano leads Italy in scoring with two goals.
  • Andrea Ranocchia was unable to shake off his knee injury and has been ruled out of Friday's encounter.

LAST MEETING

 

October 8, 2005: Italy 1-0 Slovenia

Italy qualified for the 2006 World Cup with a narrow win over Slovenia at the Renzo Barbera in Palermo. Cristian Zaccardo was the hero as he came off the bench to net the winner in the 77th minute.

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Players to watch

T. Matavž

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Groningen striker is carrying an injury at the moment and might not be fully fit for the encounter with the Italians. The 22-year-old has netted three goals in the campaign already and looks to be a threat to the Italy back line even if he is not at 100 per cent right now.

A. Cassano

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will count on the 'Bad Boy from Bari' to provide the creativity in attack. Cassano can also find the net as he leads the team in scoring with two goals in the current campaign and will likely team up with old strike partner Giampaolo Pazzini on Friday.

Editor's Prediction

Italy are undefeated in the qualifying campaign and will look to pull away from the Slovenians with a win on Friday. They didn't exactly impress in their last road qualifier though as they were held to a scoreless draw against Northern Ireland and you can expect more of the same in Ljubljana.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Slovenia

Italy

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Slovenia SVN
Slovenia Slovenia
Draw
Italy ITA
Italy Italy
27%
65%

Top 3 Predictions

Slovenia SVN
0 - 2
Italy ITA
Slovenia SVN
1 - 2
Italy ITA
Slovenia SVN
0 - 1
Italy ITA

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