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  • 15 November 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes
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Italy – Uruguay Preview: Friendly clash pits four-goal hero Luis Suarez against Premier League rival Mario Balotelli

Italy – Uruguay Preview: Friendly clash pits four-goal hero Luis Suarez against Premier League rival Mario Balotelli

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The Copa America champions travel to face the Azzurri fresh from a resounding World Cup qualifying win for this exhibition match


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

ITALY


Buffon
Abate, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Criscito
De Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio

Montolivo
Balotelli, Pazzini



URUGUAY


 
Muslera
Caceres, Godin, Lugano, A. Pereira
Gonzalez, Perez, Arevalo, Ramirez
Suarez, Cavani



Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will be buoyed by his side's performance against Poland on Friday, with Mario Balotelli particularly on form. The Manchester City man is likely to retain his place in attack.

The front remains an area of concern with Antonio Cassano recovering from heart surgery while Giuseppe Rossi is sidelined with a serious knee injury and might miss the Euro 2012 finals altogether. Sebastian Giovinco, meanwhile, was sent home earlier in the week after tests showed he had suffered a muscle strain.

The Azzurri face an opposition bang in form, courtesy of Luis Suarez' fantastic four-goal haul against Chile in World Cup qualifying on Friday night. With Oscar Tabarez facing injuries to strikers Diego Forlan and Abel Hernandez, as well as midfielders Alvaro Fernandez and Walter Gargano, the prolific Liverpool forward should lead the line again. In addition, Maximiliano Pereira should return to the squad after being suspended for the Chile match.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Italy are unbeaten in their last six matches, and did not lose in their successful Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
  • Mario Balotelli scored once and set up the other goal for Pazzini during the Azzurri's win in Poland on Friday evening.
  • Uruguay, have not lost in their last 12 fixtures, a run which includes their journey to the Copa America title during the summer.
  • Due to Brazil entering the 2014 World Cup as hosts, only nine teams are competing in qualification, which is the reason for Uruguay's free week.
  • Striker Luis Suarez scored four times against Chile in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Chile on Friday.


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Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position:
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Italian is going through a rich vein of form at the moment, and was named Goal.com's Top of the Match for his performance against Poland, in which he scored a cracking goal and provided a nice assist. Super Mario seems to be enjoying his football at the moment and his pace, power, and skill will certainly be a danger to the Uruguay defence.
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
In Uruguay's last match against Chile, they came out 4-0 winners, with the Liverpool man netting all the goals. He is currently in scintillating form for club and country and will be the man they everyone has their eye on going into this match. His clever and marauding runs into the box should prove to be a worry for the Italy defence.
Prediction
A match with an array of world-class attacking talent on either side. Both nations have came off impressive victories and will likely be treating this match as an opportunity to showcase their talents. Expect a free flowing game with a few goals, but in the end a draw looks the most likely result.
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Italy 2

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