With the UEFA European Championship Qualifiers completed, next on the menu for the 2020 Euros is the group stages. And in anticipation of this section of the tournament being just around the corner, we thought we would start by looking into how the groups have performed and make some predictions for the upcoming fixtures. In this blog post we are going to explore Group A which contains the following national teams:
Throughout the post we are going to look into each national team in Group A in depth so that we can get a better picture on how the group stages will pan out. So, if you want to find out more about what could be expected from Group A, then keep on reading.
Italy’s Current and Previous Performance
The Italian national team is currently ranked 13th in the FIFA World Rankings with 1607 points. Italy are a relatively strong team so we could expect them to do really well in the Euros. However, going by their unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, could this of been the motivation for them to pull their socks up and be on top of their game during the Euros, or could this be the start of their downward spiral?
To begin with we are going to see how the Italian national squad fared during the Euro 2020 Qualifiers. Below is a breakdown of the matches in which they played during the qualifying round of the Euros to earn themselves a place in the group stage:
- 23/03/2019 – Italy (2) V Finland (0)
- 26/03/2019 – Italy (6) V Liechtenstein (0)
- 08/06/2019 – Italy (3) V Greece (0)
- 11/06/2019 – Italy (2) V Bosnia and Herzegovina (1)
- 05/09/2019 – Italy (3) V Armenia (1)
- 08/09/2019 – Italy (2) V Finland (1)
- 12/10/2019 – Italy (2) V Greece (0)