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  • 7 June 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège (Luik)
  • Referee: S. Gumienny
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International friendly preview: Italy - Republic of Ireland

International friendly preview: Italy - Republic of Ireland

The Azzurri are all set to lock horns with the Boys in Green for an international friendly at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Liege on Tuesday evening


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Italy (4-3-1-2)

Viviano; Cassani, Gamberini, Chiellini, Criscito; Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Rossi, Pazzini

Italy


Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will be unable to call on Mario Balotelli, Thiago Motta or Alberto Aquilani on Tuesday evening while Daniele De Rossi was excluded from the squad for breaching the Azzurri tactician's code of conduct.

Republic of Ireland (4-4-2)

Forde; McShane, St Ledger, O'Dea, Ward; Coleman, Andrews, Foley, Lawrence; Keogh, Long


Ireland


Aiden McGeady will miss the match after the winger was summoned back to Russia by Spartak Moscow. Robbie Keane, Kevin Kilbane, Shay Given, Keith Fahey and John O'Shea were all given permission to be excused from the squad.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Italy are undefeated in Euro 2012 qualifying and have a five-point lead over second-placed Slovenia.
  • Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli played under current Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni at Juventus.
  • The Nazionale beat Ukraine 2-0 in their last international friendly.
  • Giuseppe Rossi has scored in his last two games for Italy.
  • Republic of Ireland have outscored their opponents 8-0 in their last three competitive fixtures.
  • Robbie Keane passed the 50-goal mark after netting a brace in the 2-0 win over Macedonia on Saturday.
  • The Boys in Green played out a 2-2 draw in their last match against Italy- an entertaining World Cup qualifier in October 2009.
  • Giovanni Trapattoni had a four-year stint as Italy's national team coach from 2000-04.
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Players to watch

G. Rossi

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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The Villarreal striker is a highly sought after commodity these days and he showed what all the fuss was about on Friday, opening the scoring against Estonia before running riot for the rest of the encounter in the Azzurri's 3-0 win.

P. McShane

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The 25-year-old defender will sport the captain's armband in the absence of Robbie Keane on Tuesday evening. The Hull City man will have to be on his toes to neutralise the threat of Rossi and Giampaolo Pazzini.

Editor's Prediction

Ireland are missing a slew of first-team regulars while Italy are coming off an impressive win over Estonia. Look for the Azzurri squeaking out a slim victory in Liege on Tuesday as a result.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Italy

Republic of Ireland

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Italy ITA
Italy Italy
Draw
Republic of Ireland IRL
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
89%

Top 3 Predictions

Italy ITA
2 - 0
Republic of Ireland IRL
Italy ITA
3 - 0
Republic of Ireland IRL
Italy ITA
3 - 1
Republic of Ireland IRL

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