Liam Brady says that Italian football is "not in great shape at the moment" despite their positive start to Euro 2016.
"I think Martin O'Neill will freshen things up a bit. I think we'll see three or four players come into the team," the former Ireland international said, speaking as a pundit on RTE.
"[Italy] will be fresh as well. They're going to make eight changes apparently. But Italian football is not in great shape at the moment, particularly offensively.
"It won't be as good a team as we could have been playing, if the Italians needed the points. So that gives [Ireland] a big chance to get a win and go further in the competition."
Meanwhile, Brady does not believe that Robbie Keane will start the game, but acknowledged that O'Neill possesses a proven goalscorer in the LA Galaxy striker.
"I doubt that [Keane will start] but I do think he'll have a role to play," added the former Arsenal midfielder.
"If we need a goal, there's no better man to have. If we can give him the chance, he can finish. He's shown that time and time again."