ITALY v NORWAY Stadio Olimpico, Rome Tuesday 13th October, 2015, 19:45 GMT  *** Italy host Norway in the final European qualifier tomorrow having already secured their place in next summer’s finals in France. A win would assure them of top spot in Group H, a scenario which seemed unlikely at the beginning of this year. Antonio Conte’s men were the tenth side to secure qualification following their comprehensive 3-1 win over Azerbaijan on Saturday. Norway still have a chance to confirm direct qualification from this group as they sit on second place but with only two points separating them from Croatia who have an easier fixture against Malta, Per-Mathias Hogmo’s side have to play for the win in Rome. A draw for Norway and a Croatia win would mean playoffs for the Norwegians due to the head-to-head record between the two sides. Team news and tactics Italy After two consecutive dissapointments in World Cup, Italy no longer instill fear like they […]

AZERBAIJAN v ITALY Baku National Stadium,Bakcell Arena Saturday 10th October, 2015, 16:00 GMT  *** Italy play away against Azerbaijan on Saturday in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier, knowing a win would book their place at the Euros next year in France. The Azzurri are on top of their group with 18 points after eight games while Azerbaijan are second-last on six points. Antonio Conte’s team won their last qualifier 1-0 against Bulgaria while Robert Prosinecki’s side drew 2-2 with Malta. Italy won their previous encounter with Azerbaijan 2-1 at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Palermo last year with Giorgio Chiellini contributing to all three goals. The Juventus defender scored both of the Azzurri goals as well as an own goal. The Italians have never lost a match against Azerbaijan. In addition to the 2-1 win from October 2014, the Azzurri won 2-0 in Baku and 4-0 in Reggio Calabria in the Euro 2004 Qualifiers. To make things harder for Azerbaijan, […]

After an emphatic second place finish in the 2010 World Cup, the Oranje didn't make it past the group stages of the subsequent European Championships. This time around, a surprise third place finish in Brazil, has been followed by an even more dire fallout. Qualifying for next years' European Championships went from a predicted to a pipe dream in a matter of a year.