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NairaBet Preview: Italy v Saudi Arabia: Back both teams to score

22:28 SAST 2018/05/27
Roberto Mancini Italy
It might be a new dawn for the Azzurri but their opponents from the Middle East will be looking to cause them problems

Saudi Arabia continue their preparations for the 2018 World Cup with an international friendly against Italy at Kybunpark.

The Azzurri will not be going to Russia after failing to get past Sweden in the qualification playoffs. They are however under the management of former Inter Milan and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

The opportunity for the Italians to get off to a winning start with the ex-international is quoted at (1.16) with NairaBet.

The Green Falcons narrowly sealed automatic qualification after a topsy-turvy campaign. The middle eastern nation has already faced big opposition this year in Belgium which ended in a heavy 4-0 defeat. Odds of (19.25) suggest that they are underdogs once again.

A draw at the end of 90 minutes in St. Gallen is priced at (6.25) with the same firm.

This is the first meeting between both nations and though the Italians are superior favourites, they are winless in their last four international games.

The Saudis on their path head here on the back of victories over Algeria and Greece. A double chance for the Falcons stands at (4.40).

With the two sides looking to make a statement of intent, we can expect goals at both ends of the pitch at the price of (3.00).

The Azurri's last seven competitive games has produced less than three goals. Punters who are strongly convinced that it will go that way can back it at odds of (1.40) with NairaBet.

For punters who see Mancini struggling on his first national team assignment, odds of (1.50) to see the Italians NOT win to nil and (2.75) to NOT keep a clean sheet are valuable picks.