NEWS
Friday June 7 2019
Probable line-ups: Greece v Italy

Federico Chiesa, Fabio Quagliarella and Federico Bernardeschi are reportedly the trio in attack when Italy visit Greece in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

It kicks off in Athens on Saturday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

The Azzurri had tested Bernardeschi as part of the three-man midfield, but it’s believed the Juventus man will form one prong in the attacking trident with Chiesa and Capocannoniere Quagliarella.

There is still a chance Moise Kean could push his way into the starting XI rather than Sampdoria veteran Quagliarella.

With Bernardeschi more advanced, it means Marco Verratti, Jorginho and Nicolò Barella form the midfield.

Cristiano Biraghi was expected to start at left-back, but the Fiorentina man sprained his knee in training and may well miss both this game and Tuesday’s qualifier with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Emerson Palmieri impressed in Chelsea’s 4-1 Europa League Final win over Arsenal and earned his place in the Italy starting XI for what will be only his third cap.

Greece could adopt a 3-5-2 system, with Dimitrios Siovas of Leganes joining Roma defender Kostas Manolas and ex-Milan man Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

VfB Stuttgart striker Anastasios Donis is likely to miss out due to injury, so Georgios Masouras and Efthymios Koulouris should take the forward roles.

Probable line-ups

Greece: Vlachodimos; Manolas, Siovas, Papastathopoulos; Mavrias, Zeca, Samaris, Koutris; Fortounis; Masouras, Koulouris

Italy: Sirigu; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Verratti, Jorginho, Barella; Chiesa, Quagliarella, Bernardeschi