ITA vs CZR Dream11: A remarkable evening ahead of this friendly in which Italy announced their 26-man squad in an hour-long prime-time TV show, in which some players provided backing vocals for some music, emphasised what appears to be a ‘new Italy’ – in spirit and personnel. The boring cliches of catenaccio and ‘dark arts’ have been cast aside, if they were ever fair, as Gianluca Vialli takes over Gigi Riva’s former role of ‘hanging around the camp’ as almost a liaison officer for the boss and his mate Roberto Mancini. Mancini’s more vibrant style of play has evolved throughout his reign and that was shown with a dismissive 7-0 victory of San Marino last week.
Date: 5 June, Saturday
Time: 12:15 AM (IST)
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna
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Italy – W-W-W-W-W
Czech Republic – L-D-W-W-W
Head-to-head (last six meeting)
ITA Wins- 02
CZR Wins– 02
Injury Report and Unavailability: No injury or suspension issues for the host before coming into this match.
Expected changes and Strategy: There could be a potential debut for Sassuolo forward Giacomo Raspadori in this clash.
Italy Starting XI (Likely)
Czech Republic News
Injury Report and Unavailability: Like the hosts, there are no injury or suspension issues for the away side before coming into this match.
Expected changes and Strategy: Bayer Leverkusen attacker Patrik Schick and Burnley striker Matej Vydra have been called up. Slovan Liberec midfielder Michal Sadilek could earn his debut cap.
Czech Republic Starting XI (Likely)
Patrik Schick: Schick has 4 goals and a total of 13 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 37.46%. He had a total of 8 big chances. He has a total of 3 assists, 11 key passes and he created a total of 9 chances.
Andrea Belotti: Belotti has 4 goals and a total of 16 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 33.21%. He had a total of 6 big chances. He has a total of 3 assists, 12 key passes and he created a total of 8 chances.
X-factors, differential picks
Domenico Berardi: Berardi has 1 goal and a total of 7 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 22.70%. He had a total of 3 big chances. He has a total of 1 assists, 4 key passes and he created a total of 5 chances.
Defenders: Florenzi, Bonucci, Boril
Midfielders: Bernardeschi, Soucek, Jorginho, Pellegrini
Attackers: Belotti, Schick, Berardi
Many talented faces could feature, but a game likely to be disrupted by numerous substitutions is set to peter out into a score draw – keeping the Azzurri’s unbeaten streak intact ahead of the Euros, while further boosting the Czechs’ growing confidence. In our ITA vs CZR Today Match Prediction odds, we back for a 1-1 draw in this match.