After failing to secure automatic qualification to the World Cup finals, Italy will be aiming to make it to the showpiece tournament through the playoffs.

Federico Chiesa misses out with injury, while Leonardo Bonucci is a major. Mario Balotelli failed to make the cut, and, as a result, Lazio ace Ciro Immobile will lead the line for the hosts. Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret has been ruled out with injury.

North Macedonia, on the other hand, booked their place in the playoffs thanks to a 3-1 win over Iceland.

Udinese attacker Ilija Nestorovski has been left out of the squad, with both David Babunski and Kristijan Naumovski receiving surprising call-ups.

Anyhow, we are tempted to put our money on the Azzurri, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two teams played out a 1-1 draw back in October 2017.

This match will be played on 24/03/2022 at 20:45

Prediction: 1-0
Recommended Pick: Home Win

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