Thursday October 10 2019
Probable line-ups: Ireland U21-Italy U21

Italy Under-21s are expected to line up with Premier League starlets Patrick Cutrone and Moise Kean against Republic of Ireland this evening.

Kean is once more with the Azzurrini and should keep his place on the left wing, with Cutrone replacing Andrea Pinamonti through the middle.

On the right, Fiorentina’s Andrea Sottil should get the nod over Ascoli forward Gianluca Scamacca.

Elsewhere, Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni, Cagliari left-back Luca Pellegrini and Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali are set for starting berths, as is Empoli’s Davide Frattesi following Nicolo Zaniolo’s return to the senior squad. 

Paolo Nicolato’s youngsters face an Ireland side in good form after they opened their Euro U21 qualifying campaign with back-to-back wins.

Republic of Ireland U21 (probable): Kelleher; O’Connor, Masterson, O’Shea, Leahy; Mandroiu, Coventry, Molumby, Elbouzedi; Connolly, Afolabi

Italy U21 (probable): Plizzari; Adjapong, Bastoni, Marchizza, Pellegrini; Frattesi, Tonali, Locatelli; Sottil, Cutrone, Kean

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