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Italy vs San Marino Predictions & Tips - Side with San Marino in Cagliari
- Italy vs San Marino predictions for Friday’s international friendly
- The match is being played at 7.45pm BST at the Sardegna Arena
- San Marino have stayed within 6 goals in their last 11 matches
- I am backing San Marino with the +6 handicap in Cagliari
- Preview, predictions, stats, squads & team news
Italy take on San Marino in Cagliari (Getty Images)
Italy vs San Marino Predictions
San Marino are unlikely to see much of the ball against Italy in Cagliari. They might not lose by as much as many expect however, and are backed with the +6 handicap.
- Italy have won by 6+ goals in 1 of their last 11 matches including friendlies (all competitions).
- Italy have won by 6+ goals in 1 of their last 3 matches against San Marino (friendlies).
- San Marino have stayed within 6 goals in their last 11 matches including friendlies (all competitions).
Head to Head
Italy have a 3-0 advantage against San Marino.
They have all been friendlies with Italy winning 4-0, 4-0 and 8-0.
Italy haven’t lost since September 2018, a run of 25 matches. They have won their last six matches including friendlies, all without conceding a goal.
Roberto Mancini’s side beat Estonia 4-0 in a friendly before completing the UEFA Nations League group stage. Gli Azzurri won 2-0 against Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina to stay top and qualify for the finals.
Italy have had a perfect start to the World Cup qualifiers. They won 2-0 in all three matches against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
Italy Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Salvatore Sirigu, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Cragno, Alex Meret
Defenders: Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Alessandro Florenzi, Francesco Acerbi, Leonardo Spinazzola, Cristiano Biraghi, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Gianluca Mancini, Alessandro Bastoni, Rafael Tolói, Gian Marco Ferrari
Midfielders: Marco Verratti, Nicolò Barella, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Manuel Locatelli, Stefano Sensi, Matteo Pessina, Gaetano Castrovilli
Forwards: Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Belotti, Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Domenico Berardi, Moise Kean, Vincenzo Grifo, Matteo Politano, Giacomo Raspadori
Roberto Mancini has called up a huge amount of players as he fine tunes his squad before the European Championships.
San Marino Form
San Marino continue to be whipping boys in Europe. They have lost 44 of their last 46 matches including friendlies and failed to score in 26 of their last 27 games.
Franco Varrella’s side finished bottom of Group 2, League D in the UEFA Nations League.
San Marino have lost all three World Cup qualifiers in 2021. They lost 5-0 in England, 3-0 against Hungary and 2-0 against Albania.
San Marino Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Elia Benedettini, Simone Benedettini, Alex Stimac, Matteo Zavoli
Defenders: Mirko Palazzi, Cristian Brolli, Manuel Battistini, Andrea Grandoni, Alessandro D'Addario, Dante Rossi, Filippo Fabbri, Giacomo Conti, Michele Cevoli, Filippo Quaranta
Midfielders: Enrico Golinucci, Alessandro Golinucci, Lorenzo Lunadei, Fabio Tomassini, Marcello Mularoni, Michael Battistini, Kevin Zonzini, David Tomassini
Forwards: Matteo Vitaioli, Adolfo Hirsch, Filippo Berardi, Nicola Nanni, Marco Bernardi, Samuel Pancotti, Jacopo Raschi, Pietro Sopranzi
Matteo Vitaioli is the most experienced player in the squad with 62 caps.
Most of the squad play in the Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio with a few playing in Serie C and Serie D in Italy.