Having suffered a disappointing night in London on Saturday, Al Hain-Cole expects the Azzurri to head to Brazil on the back of a morale-boosting win in front of a packed home crowdItaly will be looking to end a run of six games without a win when they welcome Luxembourg to Perugia on Wednesday for their last exhibition match before the World Cup.
Having been held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland in London on Saturday, Cesare Prandelli’s men are available at 1/50 (1.02) with bet365 to record a morale-boosting victory at the Stadio Renato Curi.
As 33/1 (34.00) outsiders to pull off a shock win, Luxembourg should prove the ideal opponents for a home side looking for a positive send-off before departing for Brazil.
However, with five draws in their last six matches, the Azzurri are on offer at 14/1 (15.00) to be held to yet another stalemate by their modest opponents.
For Prandelli, the 0-0 scoreline will not have been the most disappointing aspect of Saturday’s encounter with Ireland, as the broken leg suffered by Riccardo Montolivo leaves the boss without a key midfielder for this summer’s tournament.
That injury after just 10 minutes of action cast a shadow over the remainder of the game, leaving an already understrength Italian line-up to play out the majority of the match while clearly distracted by the loss of their popular stand-in captain.
Nevertheless, the fans will not stand for any excuses should their side put in a similarly toothless performance on Wednesday evening, where a sell-out crowd will be desperate to witness a convincing win to raise the spirits prior to next week’s opening group game against England.
With this in mind, Prandelli will surely be tempted to put out his strongest line-up in order to overpower a visiting side that has lost 4-1 and 5-1 in recent friendlies against Montenegro and Belgium, respectively.
With the likes of Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo likely to return to the starting XI, even odds (2.00) offer solid value on the hosts heading off to South America in high spirits after a high-scoring match featuring over 4.5 goals.
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