This Sunday, November 20, the 2022 Qatar World Cup kicks off, and the spotlight will be the clash between Qatar and Ecuador, which will be the opening match. However, two teams that will not be playing in FIFA’ s most important tournament of the year, will get into the field in an attempt to close 2022 on a high note.
Austria vs Italy international friendly may be a mere formality game, but it could still be attractive. The current European champions, Italy, was left out of the World Cup for the second time in a row, and it will undoubtedly be one of the major absentees. Meanwhile, Austria has not participated in a World Cup since France 1998, so perhaps it won’t be missed as much.
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Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Austria vs Italy International Friendly on November 20, 2022
- Where: Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria.
- When: Sunday, November 20, 2022, 2:45 PM ET.
- BetMGM Moneyline: Austria (+260) / Tie (+230) / Italy (+100)
- DraftKings Asian Handicap: Austria (AH +0.5, -135) / Italy (AH -0.25, -150)
- Over/Under (2.5): Over (+110), Under (-160).
- Both teams score: Yes (-110) / No (-135)
Austria defeated Andorra with a score of 0-1 on November 16 in an international friendly. This became its first victory in the last five months, since it had not won a game since June 6, when it defeated Croatia by a score of 0-3. The team had gone five matches without a win, with one draw and four defeats, three of them in a row.
Austria failed to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup after losing to Wales by a score of 2-1 in the Playoffs last March. However, the team has had good performances and could be already giving way to a process for preparing itself for the next World Cup.
Absences: Not reported.
Probable lineup: Alexander Schlager; Phillipp Mwene, Gernot Trauner, Stefan Posch, Maximilian Wöber; Alexander Prass, Xaver Schlager, Marcel Sabitzer; Florian Grillitsch, Florian Kainz, Michael Gregoritsch.
Italy will not play in Qatar 2022 despite being the current European champions, so they will only play this international friendly match to say goodbye to the year. In its previous performance, the Italian team defeated Albania by a score of 1-3 and reached the three consecutive victories in all competitions.
Coach Roberto Mancini may not be so concerned about the score in this match, but rather about the adaptation of some players to his playing scheme, as he seeks to select the best players in order to begin the process of preparing the team for the following competitions.
The Azzurri made a good impression in its last few games and that could be due to the addition of young players.
Absences: Not reported.
Probable line-up: Alex Meret; Giorgio Scalvini, Leonardo Bonucci, Alessandro Bastoni; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Samuele Ricci, Marco Verratti, Federico Dimarco; Vincenzo Grifo, Giacomo Raspadori, Nicolo Zaniolo.
The last time Italy and Austria met was in the round of 16 of the Euro 2021, then, the Azzurri won 2-1. This match could once again be won by the Italian team, based on the performance that both teams have shown.
Prediction: Italy wins by a score of 2-0.
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