September 23, 2021

Italy vs. Bulgaria: UEFA World Cup qualifying live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds, time


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Italy will be in action for the first time since their UEFA Euro 2020 success on Thursday when they face Bulgaria in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Florence. Roberto Mancini’s men are on an epic 34-match unbeaten run and are now continental champions after beating England on penalties at Wembley Stadium last time out. Should they qualify, they will head to Qatar as one of the favorites for the title.

Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:

Viewing information

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 2 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: Stadio Artemio Franchi — Florence, Italy
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • Odds: ITA -1400; Draw +800; BUL +3500 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Storylines

Italy: Top of Group C with nine points from nine, Bulgaria will be a relatively straightforward warm-up for Switzerland before Lithuania to cap this international break. Assuming they can navigate the trip to Basel, the Italians could target a 100% qualification win rate.

Bulgaria: With one point from three matches so far, the chances are already slim that we see Bulgaria going to Qatar. With that in mind, it is no surprise to see more and more players under the age of 30 entering the squad as they will serve for future qualification campaigns.

Prediction

A reasonably straightforward victory for the European champions. Italy pick up right where they left off when winning the Euros and walk this match easily Pick: Italy 3-1 Bulgaria.





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