European Champions Italy resume their World Cup qualification campaign to entertain Bulgaria at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence. Following a truly glorious summer for the Azzurri, Roberto Mancini´s side will be keen to continue where they left off and should be expected to dismiss Bulgaria with relative ease given the strength of confidence that is sure to be flowing through their squad as they enjoy the fruits of their Euro 2020 triumph.
Indeed, the hosts are sure to get a wonderful reception from a Florentine crowd that will be watching their side attempt to complete an astonishing 35th match unbeaten and given the relative weakness of their opponents, a comfortable home win is likely.
On their own soil, Italy has won each of their last 8 matches, although they did require extra time to dismiss Austria earlier this summer of those 8 matches, Italy won by more than 1 goal on 6 occasions with clean sheets in all 8 wins.
With Bulgaria winning just 1 of their last 15 matches, it’s no surprise that the visitors enter this fixture as massive outside favourites and with no goals scored in each of their last 3 losses against Russia, France and Italy themselves, Italy are expected to maintain their wonderful defensive record against a side that seems badly short in quality in the attacking areas.