By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 10th October 2018
Italy will host Ukraine at the Marassi in Genoa this Wednesday at 7:45 pm. The Azzurri suffered against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in their last outing and are looking to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat by sealing a win on home turf.
Italy vs Ukraine: Odds and Predictions
Roberto Mancini’s side are edging it as 8/11 favourites, with Ukraine weighing in with odds of 15/4, and a draw projected at 27/10.
Given that they have only won one of their last six international friendlies (a narrow 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia), Italy will be looking to silence their critics with a win at the Luigi Ferraris stadium.
They possess blistering pace and skill on the counter in the form of Lorenzo Insigne.
Insigne leads our Italy vs Ukraine predictions, tipped at 5/1, while his strike-partner Ciro Immobile is wagering at 7/2.
The Neopolitan impressed in Napoli’s Champions League win over Liverpool and has been unstoppable on the break.
With seven goals in six games, the Ukrainian defence will have to be stringent as a unit to prevent him from making it onto the sheet.
Yet, Andriy Shevchenko’s men also have goals in their side, and spearheading the charge is Andriy Yarmolenko.
The West Ham forward has been prolific in front of goal in the Premier League and will have to be just as efficient for Ukraine this Wednesday.
Yarmolenko is our pick to make it onto the score-sheet, wagering 17/2. He makes the rear of our Italy vs Ukraine predictions.
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Italy vs Ukraine match bets: predicted score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Italy to win 2-0, with odds trading @ 6/1
Italy will still be smarting from their absence in a World Cup summer of football.
These next series of friendlies could well be their ticket to stardom, and we’re projecting a 2-0 win for them in our Italy vs Ukraine predictions
They boast an offensive line-up, featuring Insigne, Immobile, and Simone Zaza who offer attacking prowess off the bench.
While Ukraine may be defensively sound, they’ll come up against too much firepower from the Azzurri on home turf to sufficiently nullify them, making them our pick to lose.
Best bet: Under 1.5 goals scored, projected @ 2/1
Scenario number two could see Ukraine sitting back and parking the bus against Italy’s blistering attack.
The second installation in our Italy vs Ukraine match bets see an alternative set of odds covering this potential outcome.
Mancini’s side may have to graft to unlock the Ukrainian defence, led by Yevhen Khacheridi, and a narrow lead may assist the Italians in emerging as victors.
Our betting tipsters are trading under 1.5 goals to be scored, projected at 2/1 in Italy’s favour.
Predicted scorer: Simone Zaza to score first, tipped @ 5/1
Perhaps not the first player that comes to mind when punting on who’ll make the score-sheet, but our Italy vs Ukraine predictions see Simone Zaza as the super-sub that could make the difference on Wednesday.
Zaza was the hero in Italy’s 1-1 draw against the Dutch, and his aerial prowess combined with a prolific style of finishing makes him our pick for the game.
In the shadow of Lorenzo Insigne and co, Zaza’s label of the understudy may be the perfect tonic to fire him through to goal in Wednesday’s clash.
A betting tip of 5/1 is definitely in his favour, despite Immobile and Insigne faring with longer odds. But take a risk, and follow William Hill’s traders into forecasting the 27-year-old to score.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.