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
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.
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- 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.