Italy vs North Macedonia: European Champions or the Fairy Tale of Macedonia

March 23, 2022
Akshay Nayak

FIFA World Cup 2022
World Cup Qualifier Playoffs
Estádio do Dragão, Porto

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North Macedonia North Macedonia

North Macedonia will visit Italy to play the semifinals of the world cup qualifiers playoffs at the Renzo Barbera in Palermo on 25th March 2022 at 01:15 IST. Italy is the clear favorite to win the match and advance to the finals. Despite having a strong start in the group stages, they lost their way towards the end and are in the playoffs. North Macedonia’s fairy tale run led them to the playoffs.

Teams Status


Italy finished second in Group C consisting of Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Lithuania, and Bulgaria. They won four matches and drawn four matches. They bagged 16 points in the process, just two points behind Switzerland. They drew their last match against Northern Ireland, while Switzerland beat Bulgaria to make it to the world cup. They had two wins and two draws at home. They managed to score 13 goals and conceded just two goals. Ciro Immobile along with Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Moise Kean are the leading scorers for Italy with two goals each.

North Macedonia

After making it to the Euros, they are looking to make it to the world cup. Their quest to make it to the world cup was a good one as they finished second in a group consisting of Germany, Romania, Armenia, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. They won five matches including a historic win over Germany, drawn three, and lost just two matches. They finished just a point ahead of Romania with 18 points from ten matches. They scored 23 goals and conceded 11 goals. With four goals, Enis Bardhi, Eljif Elmas, and Aleksandar Trajkovski are the leading scorers for them.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Italy is placed at 1.188 according to the Melbet sportsbook, 1.18 according to the Sportsbet sportsbook, and 1.15 on 22Bet. North Macedonia is placed at 19.00, 16.00, and 18.00 at Melbet, Sportsbet, and 22Bet. The draw is placed at 7.90, 7.00, and 7.60 respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Italy might be the clear favorites to win the match but we could see a fight from North Macedonia. Italy has an upper hand over them but Macedonia has kept it close as well. So, something similar is expected here as well.

Tip: North Macedonia +2 @ 1.81

North Macedonia has won three matches, drawn three matches, and lost four matches. They have covered the +2 goal spread in eight of the last ten matches. They have managed to cover the spread in all of their last five away matches as well. Italy on the other hand managed to cover the spread in just one of their last ten matches. Even in the head-to-head matches, North Macedonia managed to cover in both the matches. So, it is very likely that North Macedonia will cover the spread at 1.81 odds available at the Dafabet sportsbook.

Tip: Both Teams To Score @ 2.62

In the last 10 matchups, Italy has scored a goal in eight of them, with both teams scoring in seven of them. North Macedonia, on the other hand, has scored in six of its last ten matches in all competitions. Four of Italy’s previous five matches have been played on home soil. Both clubs scored in each of the last two head-to-head matchups. As a result, both teams’ scoring is likely to be a fixture of this encounter at Betway’s 2.62 odds.


It should be an easy fixture for Italy given their standards and are very likely to advance to the finals in regular time itself. For North Macedonia’s fairy tale to continue, they have to play out of their skins.

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