Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(1) 0 Goals 6 (12)
29.7 Average Age 27.7
182.4 Average Height (cm) 181
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Friendlies.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status
Karim Benzema Out
Gaël Clichy Out
Christophe Jallet Out

Team News

  • Daniele De Rossi has been dropped after his nonsensical dismissal in the Roman derby, meaning Emanuele Giaccherini may again get the chance to start despite having done so just 4 times all season.
  • Federicos Peluso and Balzaretti will vie for a start at left-back, while injury to Ignazio Abate means that Christian Maggio should start on the right.
  • With Osvaldo sidelined, Mario Balotelli is likely to be partnered up front by Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy.
  • Injury to Gael Clichy forced the Man City defender to withdraw from the squad, with Bordeaux's Benoit Tremoulinas called up as his replacement.
  • Mamadou Sakho and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are likely to get the nod over Koscielny and Rami at the heart of the defence.
  • Deschamps has a raft of central midfielders to choose from, though Capoue is likely to get the nod over Gonalons and the returning Gourcuff, while Giroud may lead the line in the absence of Benzema.

Prediction

  • These sides met 4 times in the space of two years between 2006 and 2008 but haven't played since Italy beat Les Bleus 2-0 in the group stages of Euro 2008.
  • Prandelli's side have won their last 3 matches, though unspectacularly against the likes of Malta and Armenia, while France bounced back from a friendly defeat against Japan with a late equaliser against World and European champions Spain.
  • Both of these sides are likely to field some inexperienced players but there will still be real quality on display in an even game.
Prediction:
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Comments (4)

 
  • France is the shit son :)

  • Balotelli is the best striker Italy has at this moment. El Shaarawy is the best player in form. Di Natale is good when plays with Udinese, in Nazionale he never plays very well. The first two are young and promising players instead Di Natale is old and at the end of his career. This friendly against France is the right match to make experiments and try young players on the pitch togeteher. Di Natale does not make sense to play.

  • Play to win, Italy! Your FIFA ranking depends on it. LOL

  • Shaarawy and Balotelli are not good enough players to start in an Italy lineup imo. Of course this is a friendly so there's no problem, but it seems like they'll start in official matches as well. I'd sue the Italian Football Federation if I was Antonio di Natale.

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