The Uefa Nations League returns this week with Italy taking on Spain in the first semi-final on Wednesday at 7:45pm (UK time).
Defending European champions Italy will be looking to win their second tournament this year, while Spain are hoping for revenge.
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Where to watch Italy vs Spain on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event
- US: TUDN USA
Scoreline prediction: Italy 2-1 Spain
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Italy vs Spain build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
The summer was one of delight for Italy as they won Euro 2020, beating England in the final on penalties, but their form post-tournament did dip slightly. While they still lead their World Cup qualifying group by six points, Roberto Mancini’s men were held to consecutive draws against Bulgaria and Switzerland in the September international break – only beating bottom nation Lithuania. However, that will all be pushed to one side with the finals of the 2021 Nations League. Italy earned their spot in the final four by topping League A1, finishing one point clear of second-placed Netherlands with three wins and three draws from their six matches.
Spain were one of the other teams Italy beat en route to Euro 2020 glory, losing in the semi-finals on penalties, and like the Azzurri they didn’t return to World Cup qualifying in the best way. Luis Enrique’s men were beaten by Sweden, their first defeat of qualifying, and could be overtaken by the Scandinavian nation who are four points behind with two games in hand. Spain did, however, bounce back to beat Georgia and Kosovo, and will be hoping to carry that momentum into the Nations League finals. Spain finished two points clear of Germany to secure their spot in the semi-finals, with three wins, two draws and one defeat.
- Italy (vs Lithuania): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Acerbi, Biraghi*; Pessina*, Jorginho, Cristante; Bernardeschi, Raspadori, Kean.
- Spain (vs Kosovo): Simon; Llorente*, Martinez, Laporte, Reguilon; Koke, Busquets, Soler*; Torres, Morata*, Fornals.
Cristiano Biraghi was not included in the Italy squad, while Ciro Immobile, Rafael Toloi and Matteo Pessina have all had to withdraw due to injury, being replaced by Moise Kean, Davide Calabria and Sandro Tonali. Alvaro Morata and Carlos Soler are injured so miss out for Spain, with Marcos Llorente also having to withdraw due to injury, being replaced by Bryan Gil.
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Players to watch:
- Italy: Both teams are missing their big goalscorers for this game, with Lorenzo Insigne leading the charge for Italy. The Napoli forward is the top goalscorer in the Italian squad but has managed just 10 goals (in 49 appearances), two more than centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. Insigne was a key part of the Italian squad that won Euro 2020 in the summer and scored two goals, in the opening 3-0 win over Turkey and the 2-1 victory against Belgium in the quarter-finals. The 30-year-old did not score in the September qualifiers but he has started the new Serie A campaign in decent fashion, scoring two goals and recording three assists.
- Spain: Like Italy, Spain’s top scorer among their current squad also has 10 goals, with Ferran Torres taking up the responsibilities in the Nations League. Still only 21, Torres has already played 20 times for Spain with his 10 goals averaging at a strike every other match – a record many top international strikers could only dream of. With Alvaro Morata injured, Torres is expected to be the False No.9 in Spain’s squad, a role he has been playing for Manchester City, scoring three goals in seven games so far. Torres has also found the net in four of his past nine games for Spain, though they did all come from the wing.
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