Italy hosts Saudi Arabia
The fourth time world champion Italy hosts Saudi Arabia in a friendly game in San Gallen, Switzerland, on Monday night. Let’s have a look at this match in our vip soccer predictions today.
This is a special day for Italian football, because the new manager of the team Roberto Mancini will make his debut. The former Inter and Manchester City boss was appointed after the sacking of Gian Piero Ventura, who shockingly failed to qualify Italy for the World Cup. You can be sure that Mancini would like to make a positive impression in his first match with the national team.
Italy will play three friendly games, with Saudi Arabia being the first of their opponents. After this the Azzuri will test themselves against much stronger opponents – France and the Netherlands.
A week ago Roberto Mancini named an initial 30-man squad to meet at the Coverciano. The big surprise was the inclusion of Nice’s striker Mario Balotelli, who was “frozen” in the national team in the last few years. But it’s not a secret that Roberto Mancini have a high opinion for his former player in Inter and Manchester City. He chose to call him again and give him another chance.
Before being appointed as a new manager of Italy, Roberto Mancini worked in Russia for the powerhouse Zenit. His tenure in Sankt Peterburg was not a successful one, though, with Zenit fnishing 5th in the Russian Premier League.
For Saudi Arabia this match is a part of the preparations for their participation in the World Cup. They are in a group A of the competition, alongside the teams of Russia, Uruguay and Egypt. Their manager is the former Chile manager and former Spanish international Juan Antonio Pizzi.
These are our vip soccer predictions today for the friendly game between Italy and Saudi Arabia.