NEWS
Tuesday September 6 2011
Line-ups: Full-backs switch for Slovenia

The same Italy starting XI who beat the Faroe Islands face Slovenia tonight, with the exception of the full-backs.

Cesare Prandelli said he would generally maintain the starting XI that beat the Faroe Islands 1-0 on Friday evening with a few adjustments.

Mattia Cassani steps in for Christian Maggio, while Federico Balzaretti replaces Domenico Criscito at left-back.

The midfield and attack remain untouched with Riccardo Montolivo as trequartista supporting Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi, although the Villarreal man was disappointing last week.

There is no room for Claudio Marchisio, despite Prandelli's hints to the contrary, while Fiorentina fans will be furious local hero Alberto Gilardino is relegated to the stands.

Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic is not 100 per cent fit, so his cousin Jasmin takes over between the posts. Surprisingly, Tim Matavz and Palermo star Josip Ilicic are dropped to the bench.

Thiago Motta is hoping for a repeat of his winning goal away to Slovenia on his Italy debut on March 25.

The Azzurri top Euro 2012 Group C with 16 points, followed by Slovenia and Serbia on 11. Only Serbia can still catch them, as Slovenia have played an extra game.

Italy: Buffon; Cassani, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Balzaretti; Thiago Motta, Pirlo, De Rossi; Montolivo; Cassano, Rossi

Italy bench: De Sanctis, Criscito, Pazzini, Marchisio, Balotelli, Bonucci, Nocerino

Slovenia: J Handanovic; Brecko, Cesar, Suler, Jokic; Birsa, Koren, Vrsic, Kirm; Radosavljevic, Novakovic

Slovenia bench: Belec, Ilic, Pecnik, Dedic, Ilicic, Mavric, Matavz

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