2018 Autumn Internationals – Italy vs Australia Preview

AT A GLANCE

When is Italy vs Australia taking place? Saturday 17th November, 14:00

Where is Italy vs Australia taking place? Stadio Euganeo

What is the playing surface? Grass

What is the expected weather at Italy vs Australia? Sunny, mild

What channel is Italy vs Australia on? Premier Sports 1

Where can I stream Italy vs Australia? Premier Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Premier Player

Are tickets still available for Italy vs Australia? https://www.autumn-internationals.co.uk/tickets.html

LAST MEETING
Italy 27-40 Australia

THE LOWDOWN

ITALY

Head Coach: Conor O’Shea

  • Italy bounced back from their heavy loss against Ireland by securing a hard-fought win over Georgia last week.

  • The Azzurri managed to build a good lead against the Georgians and kept them at bay to secure a 28-17 win.

  • It was an important win for the Italians with calls from some quarters for them to be replaced in the Six Nations by their opponents but the victory will silence their critics for now.

AUSTRALIA

Head Coach: Michael Cheika

  • Australia’s poor run of form continued as they went down to Wales in a low-scoring encounter at the Principality Stadium last week.

  • Neither side managed to cross the whitewash but the Wallabies went down 9-6 with Dan Biggar’s late penalty the difference.

  • That defeat means Australia have won just two of their last 10 matches with a win against Italy now imperative.

THE PREDICTION

Australia are under pressure to turn their poor form around and another defeat here could be disastrous. They head to Italy to face an upbeat side that won last week against Georgia. The Wallabies are expected to win comfortably and are 18-point favourites with the bookies but will need a much improved effort from recent times if they are to cover that.