The top two sides of League A1 meet in the Nations League on Sunday as Italy host Poland (7:45pm kick-off).
Roberto Mancini’s side boast a 20-game unbeaten run which dates back to September 2018, but they are second in their Nations League group after drawing three of their opening four matches.
Victory for the Azzurri would see them replace Poland at the top of the group and the fact they are unbeaten at home in four years bodes well.
However, Poland held Italy to a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture and Jerzy Brzeczek’s side are themselves unbeaten in their last five games.
With Robert Lewandowski set to start up front on the back of 15 goals in 13 games for club and country so far this season, the away side certainly have a goal threat.
Where to watch Italy vs Poland on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Red Button
- US: fuboTV
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Italy & Poland’s previous line-ups:
- Italy (vs Estonia): Sirigu; Di Lorenzo, D’Ambrosio*, Bastoni, Emerson; Tonali, Gagliardini; Bernardeschi, Soriano, Grifo; Lasagna.
- Poland (vs Ukraine): Skorupski; Gummy, Walukiewicz, Bochniewicz, Rybus; Placheta, Klich*, Goralski, Zielinski; Milik, Piatek.
Both managers rotated their players for midweek friendlies and are expected to make several changes for the clash in Reggio Emilia.
Italy’s squad has suffered an outbreak of Covid-19, which means Mancini and several players will be absent.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Jorginho and Leonardo Bonucci are set to come into the starting line-up having been rested for the 4-0 thrashing of Estonia, while Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti should feature in attack. Giorgio Chiellini is injured, Danilo D’Ambrosio is will serve a one-match ban and Alessio Romagnoli is a doubt for the hosts.
Lewandowski sat out of Poland’s 2-0 win over Ukraine on Wednesday, but will return to lead the line. Centre-back pairing Kamil Glik and Jan Bednarek and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny will also come back in to strengthen the back line.
Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich is serving a one-match ban.
Players to watch:
- Italy: The coronavirus outbreak in the Italian camp has limited selection for Mancini, who is self-isolating himself, but he will be pleased that Nicolo Barella is available. The 23-year-old is enjoying a solid start to the season with Inter Milan and has been rewarded by starting in all four of Italy’s Nations League games this year. Barella, who joined Inter from Cagiliari in the summer, is a strong passer and has quickly established himself as a key midfielder for Mancini, chipping in with four goals in 16 appearances so far.
- Poland: Who else but Robert Lewandowski? Poland are much more than just the Bayern Munich striker, with Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski an excellent creative presence, yet Lewandowski can’t help but stand out. The 32-year-old also happens to be enjoying the form of his life at the moment. He comes into the game fresh, having been rested for Wednesday’s game against Ukraine. The striker bagged three goals in his last two Bayern games, while he also scored twice in Poland’s last Nations League match against Bosnia.
Scoreline prediction: Italy 1-1 Poland
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