Italy vs Sweden: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & World Cup play-off preview

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Giampiero Ventura is under serious pressure to ensure his side reaches the grand stage of the World Cup in Russia

Italy must do everything they can to overturn a 1-0 defeat from the first leg against Sweden if they are to ensure their place at the World Cup next year.

The Azzurri were left trailing in the play-off thanks to Jakob Johansson's second-half strike in Solna and the pressure is building on coach Giampiero Ventura to get a result.

Italy last failed to reach the World Cup in 1958, which, interestingly, was staged in Sweden, so the weight of expectation is sure to be leaning heavily on their minds.

Game Italy vs Sweden
Date Monday, November 13
Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Sweden celebrate vs Italy

In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by live stream via Sky Go.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Football / Main Event Sky Go

In the United States (US), the match will be available to watch live on television on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and by live stream using Fox Sports GO.

US TV channel Online stream
FS1 Fox Sports GO

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Italy players
Goalkeepers Buffon, Donnarumma, Perin
Defenders Rugani, Chiellini, Darmian, Astori, Barzagli, Bonucci, Zappacosta, Spinazzola, D'Ambrosio
Midfielders Gagliardini, Candreva, Florenzi, Verratti, Insigne, Jorginho, De Rossi, Parolo, Bernardeschi, El Shaarawy
Forwards Belotti, Immobile, Eder, Gabbiadini, Zaza

Italy will be without the services of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, who is suspended after picking up a yellow card in the first leg.

Lorenzo Insigne is likely to replace Verratti in midfield as the Italians adopt a more attacking approach. Leonardo Bonucci suffered a broken nose in the first leg, but should be able to take part.

Potential Italy starting XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; De Rossi, Insigne, Candreva, Parolo, Darmian; Belotti, Immobile.

Position Sweden players
Goalkeepers Olsen, Johnsson, Nordtfeldt
Defenders Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Olsson, Augustinsson, Helander, Grafth, Jansson, J. Larsson
Midfielders S. Larsson, Durmaz, Forsberg, Johansson, Svensson, Claesson, Rohden, Sema, Ekdal
Forwards Berg, Guidetti, Toivonen, Thelin

Sweden have no fresh injury concerns and they are likely to remain largely unchanged as they attempt to hold on to their slender lead. Jakob Johansson, who scored the winning goal last Friday, could potentially have earned a starting position ahead of Albin Ekdal as a result of his efforts.

Potential Sweden starting XI: Olsen; Lindelof, Granqvist, Grafth, Augustinsson; S. Larsson, Johansson, Forsberg, Claesson; Berg, Toivonen.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Insigne Italy

Despite losing the first leg, Italy are favourites to win with dabblebet pricing them at 8/15 to secure victory. Sweden, meanwhile, are considered a 6/1 bet and a draw is available at 14/5.

Click here to see all dabblebet's markets for the game, including goalscorer odd and correct score predictions.


GAME PREVIEW


Gian Piero Ventura Italy Sweden

It has been nearly 60 years since Italy last missed out on a place at the World Cup finals and they are staring into the possibility of failure having lost their opening play-off leg to Sweden.

The Azzurri had a difficult task in qualification with Spain also in their group, but the expectation was that the four-time world champions would ultimately stroll through a knock-out tie.

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Italy are famed for their pragmatic style of football and that was evident from their string of narrow victories in qualifying, but Ventura is under pressure to get the right result at San Siro on Monday.

The former Torino boss said that he wants to guide his team to the World Cup by playing in "in the correct spirit" but, given the predicament they find themselves in, that may not be possible. 

Indeed, it may be that Italy need to play ugly in order to book their place at next year's tournament in Russia and fans of the Azzurri will surely be forgiving if it gets the job done.

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