Italy could drop Cagliari captain Nicolo Barella for their European Under-21 Championship curtain-raiser against Spain this evening.
Tuttomercatoweb reports Luigi Di Biagio will go with Lorenzo Pellegrini, Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo in a three-man midfield, thereby affording no space to Barella.
Elsewhere, Alex Meret will get the nod over Emil Audero in goal, while an attacking trident of Federico Chiesa, Patrick Cutrone and Moise Kean is set to be unleashed.
As for Spain, Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz is being tipped to get the nod over Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos in their 4-2-3-1 double pivot.
The Azzurrini lost to La Rojita in both the last European U21 Championship and the 2013 Final, with their last win coming all the way back in 2006.
Italy (probable): Meret; Pezzella, Bastoni, Mancini, Adjapong; Pellegrini, Tonali, Zaniolo; Chiesa, Cutrone, Kean
Spain (probable): Sivera; Aguirregabiria, Mere, Unai Nunez, Junior Firpo; Merino, Fabian; Soler, Fornals, Oyarzabal; Rafa Mir