Italy vs Northern Ireland Prediction 25 March 2021
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Italy vs Northern Ireland Prediction 25 March 2021

Tournament: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
Location: Stadio Ennio Tardini
Match date: 03/25/2021 at 20:45

Group C favorites Italy will test tough Northern Ireland in the first round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

After sensationally missing out on the 2018 World Cup, Italy got themselves together and got ten victories in ten qualifying games for Euro 2020. And last autumn, Squadra Azzurra reached the final four of the Nations League, ahead of the Netherlands, Poland and Bosnia. In the FIFA rankings, Mancini's men close the top ten, and this is far from the limit.

Northern Ireland made their first appearance at the European Championship in 2016, where they unexpectedly reached the round of 16. And then the British team turned into a solid middle-level side in the qualifying rounds. They failed the Nations League in Division B, finishing fourth in the quartet with Austria, Norway and Romania. As for the FIFA rankings, O'Neill's players are forty-fifth there.

The obvious favorites of this pair are the Italians, which in the past two years have reached the level of a top team again. Northern Ireland are famous for their solid defense, but here we predict their fiasco with a difference of at least two goals.