The last time these two countries met, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a late goal from Diego Godin gave the South Americans a 1-0 win to knock out the Azzurri. That match-up became infamous due to Luis Suarez sinking his teeth into the left shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini. The then Liverpool striker transferred to Barcelona but was banned for four months and nine international games.Since then, the 30-year-old has established himself as one of the most clinical forwards in Europe, scoring 121 goals in 147 appearances for the Catalan giants. Suarez was not named in the squad for his country’s June friendlies, however, and sat out of their surprise 3-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland on Sunday. In the CONMEBOL qualification stage, Uruguay are third, with the top four guaranteed a place in Russia. However, great rivals Argentina are lurking in fifth – a play-off position – just a point behind, though both lost in their last outings.
Italy, meanwhile, are facing a straight battle with Spain to top their qualification group. Both are on 13 points after five games and the identity of the top finisher is likely to be determined when the two sides meet in September; the last head-to-head was a 1-1 draw, though Spain have accumulated a substantially better goal difference.
Gian Piero Ventura’s squad face a straightforward game against Lichtenstein on Sunday, though this friendly represents a better test and a way to gauge their quality ahead of next year. Even if they do finish second in Group G, the Blues should have too much quality over two-legs to not reach the World Cup.
As with all international matches, including the upcoming Confederations Cup, Tipbet is home to thousands of betting markets. For this particular fixture, taking place at Nice’s Allianz Riviera in France, Italy, at 2.15, are regarded as most likely to record a win. Though, given the individual quality that will be on show, a close affair is expected, so a draw (3.20) or Uruguay win (3.45) would not be a surprise.
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