Monday October 9 2017
Liveblog: Albania v Italy

Join us for all the build-up and action from tonight’s crucial World Cup qualifier between Italy and Christian Panucci’s Albania.

It kicks off at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

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The Azzurri have already clinched a place in the play-offs after finishing second in the group behind Spain, but a victory here would still be a massive boost.

That’s because failure to win could bump Italy out of the top seeds for the draw and make for a much tougher hurdle on the road to Russia 2018.

Morale is low following the 1-1 result with Macedonia on Friday and pressure is piling on Coach Giampiero Ventura, who looks set to shelve the 3-4-3 experiment for a return to his favoured 4-2-4 formation.

Ciro Immobile and Marco Parolo have to be careful, as they are one yellow card away from suspension going into the play-offs.

Albania continue their love affair with Italian football, as after reaching Euro 2016 with Gianni De Biasi, their Coach is now ex-Milan and Inter full-back Christian Panucci.

Live Blog Albania v Italy, World Cup Qualifier

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