It’s always a big occasion when Italy takes on France and it will be no exception on Wed. Nov. 14th when the two teams get together in Italy at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma. Italy has two wins, a draw and a loss against the French in their past four meetings. In their last five games overall against all teams, Italy has three wins, a draw and a loss while France has two wins, two draws and a loss.
Online sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds of an Italy victory at 11/10 with a France win posted at 2/1 and a draw at 11/5.
One regular who won’t be playing for Italy will be Daniele De Rossi as the Roma midfielder was dropped by from the team after receiving a red card on Nov. 11 in his team’s 3-2 loss to. For France, Arsenal’s right-back Bacary Sagna won’t play as manager Didier Deschamps doesn’t think he’s back to top shape yet after suffering a broken leg. Also striker Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is out with an injury and midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle wasn’t called up after causing problems at this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament.
These two teams have met a total of 36 times over the years with Italy coming out on top 18 times and France on eight occasions. The other 10 matches ended in draws. There were some pretty lopsided scored during the early years of this fixture, but things have tightened up in the last few decades. Still, when these two proud footballing nations get together the supporters are usually treated to a pretty good match. Anything can happen in a friendly though.
Italy manager Cesare Prandelli is looking for good performances from his younger squad players and is hoping for a more expansive playing style. The manager might pair Mario Balotelli up front with Stephan El Shaarawy for the first time and hope that Andrea Pirlo will be able to control the midfield and feed the two forwards with good balls. Deschamps is hoping that his team can gain some momentum after scoring a late equalizer away to Spain in their most recent World Cup qualifier. Midfielder Yoann Gourcuff of Olympique Lyonnais will return to the squad after a lengthy absence.
Prediction for Italy v France
This should be a decent and close game with each team scoring at least one goal. A draw might be the most likely outcome here. Try live in-play betting for this game.
These are the squads for the match.
Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Lille), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille)
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Christophe Jallet (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Yoann Gourcuff (Olympique Lyonnais), Maxime Gonalons (Olympique Lyonnais), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille) Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Olympique Lyonnais), Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain), Dimitri Payet (Lille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain), Emiliano Viviano (Fiorentina)
Defenders: Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Roma), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Davide Santon (Newcastle)
Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus), Pablo Osvaldo (Roma)