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  • September 2, 2011
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Euro 2012 Qualifier Preview: Faroe Islands - Italy

Euro 2012 Qualifier Preview: Faroe Islands - Italy

Cesare Prandelli's side will be hoping to build upon their fine 2-1 friendly win over Spain last month with a convincing display against Brian Kerr's minnows

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Faroe Islands (4-4-2): Mikkelsen; Tor Naes, Davidsen, Baldvinsson, Gregersen; Holst, Udsen, Olsen, Benjaminsson; Edmundsson, Elttor


A near-identical squad to the one that travelled to Northern Ireland has been picked by Brian Kerr, so it is likely that he will keep faith in his players and maintain the status-quo.

Italy (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Maggio, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Criscito; Montolivo, De Rossi, Pirlo; Aquilani; Cassano, Rossi

Coach Cesare Prandelli is likely to make just the single change from the team that started Italy's 2-1 victory over Spain earlier in the month, as Thiago Motta is set to be replaced by Riccardo Montolivo. However, the Fiorentina playmaker should drop into midfield, with Alberto Aquilani expected to take the baton as the trequartista in the side.

DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Italy are five points clear at the top of Group C, whilst the Faroe Islands are bottom, three points adrift of Estonia.
  • However, the hosts have taken points from two of their last three qualifiers on home soil, including a 2-0 win over Estonia in June.
  • Brian Kerr's men lost 5-0 when these sides first met in Florence on September 7 last year.
  • The Faroe Islands have lost all four previous meetings with Italy, with three away defeats and one at home.
  • Their first meeting came in Torshavn in June 2007, when Italy dug out a 2-1 victory, courtesy of a Filippo Inzaghi brace.
  • Before Italy's 2-0 reverse to Ireland in June, Cesare Prandelli's men were on a nine-match unbeaten run, conceding none at home.

Players to watch

C. Holst

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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The 29-year-old is by far his country's biggest hope, having shone in Denmark with the likes of Lyngby and now Silkeborg, and scoring three goals on international duty for the Faroe Islands, including a goal in their 1-1 draw with Northern Island last October. The forward, who can also play on the wing, has an eye for goal and quick feet, and may pose a threat to Andrea Ranocchia with his fleeting nature.

A. Aquilani

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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All eyes will be on the new AC Milan recruit, as he prepares to start in the role of the much-coveted trequartista behind the two strikers, namely Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano. Whilst it seems that Prandelli has solved their full-back problem, he is still experimenting with options for the No.10 jersey, after the likes of Stefano Mauri and Riccardo Montolivo have struggled to impress thus far. However, a stellar cameo against Spain coincided with a winning goal, and he will aim to grab the opportunity that awaits him against the Faroes.

Editor's Prediction

The visitors should face virtually no problems from a poor Faroes side, who are set to be consigned to another heavy defeat. Despite an initial transition and experimental period under Cesare Prandelli, Italy have begun to define themselves as a force to be reckoned with, thanks to the development of an exciting tactical philosophy, which has seen the ex-Fiorentina tactician realise the crux of his best team, by taking advantage of their strength through the middle, whilst allowing his players to perform with a refreshing degree of freedom and fluidity.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Faroe Islands

Italy

Wins
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4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Faroe Islands FRO
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Draw
Italy ITA
Italy Italy
96%

Top 3 Predictions

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Italy ITA
Faroe Islands FRO
0 - 4
Italy ITA
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