Italy have been the standout performers at Euro 2020 so far, and with their place in the next round already secure, we could see Roberto Mancini make changes in order to afford some of his squad some valuable minutes.
Back-to-back 3-0 victories over Turkey and Switzerland mean that as long as Italy avoid defeat against Robert Page’s Wales, they will win Group A and deservedly so.
To top the group, the Azzurri may have to get the job done without Giorgio Chiellini – although there’s potentially better news regarding Marco Verratti. Here, 90min predicts the lineup the former Premier League winning boss may opt to go with.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – Has had very little to do in Italy’s opening two fixtures but has looked assured between the sticks as always.
Alessandro Florenzi (RB) – Likely to return having missed out against Switzerland through injury.
Francesco Acerbi (CB) – Should continue at centre-back so as not to risk the injured Giorgio Chiellini, who had to be substituted after 24 minutes midweek.
Leonardo Bonnuci (CB) – His experience and know-how is vital, even more so when coping without the leadership qualities of Chiellini.
Leonardo Spinazzola (LB) – Effective at both ends of the pitch and has caught the eye with his energetic displays.
Jorginho (CM) – Roberto Mancini’s midfield metronome. His tactical discipline and willingness to fill in spaces vacated by the more forward-thinking Nicolo Barella and Manuel Locatelli has allowed the pair to flourish going forwards.
Nicolo Barella (CM) – His industry has allowed Italy to find the perfect midfield balance thus far. Came into the tournament under pressure to perform and so far he’s lived up to his billing.
Marco Verratti (CM) – Arguably Italy’s best midfielder and he hasn’t even played yet. With their place in the next round secure, it’s the perfect time to give the Paris Saint-Germain man some minutes – and give Locatelli a breather.
Federico Chiesa (RW) – Unlucky not to have started either of Italy’s first two games, Chiesa could come in for Dominico Berardi – where he’ll hope to showcase more of the form he showed in Serie A for Juventus.
Ciro Immobile (ST) – Has netted twice at these finals already and while he may not say it publicly, he’ll have the tournament’s golden boot in his sights.
Lorenzo Insigne (LW) – Lots of Italy’s impressive build-up play has been channeled through Insigne, who may earn a third consecutive start here.