NEWS
Tuesday November 17 2020
Probable line-ups: Bosnia v Italy

There could be just one change to the starting XI when Italy visit Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Nations League, Domenico Berardi stepping in.

It kicks off in Sarajevo on Wednesday at 19.45 GMT.

A victory would guarantee top spot in Group A and qualification for the Final Four phase of the competition.

The squad remains decimated by injuries and COVID-19, as there were 28 available for the 2-0 win against Poland on Sunday from an original 41-man group.

Coach Roberto Mancini is still self-isolating at home with Coronavirus, so assistant manager Alberico Evani is on the bench once again.

He said in his press conference that there probably would not be many changes to the side that started the game with Poland.

Much depends on the fitness levels of Alessandro Florenzi and Andrea Belotti, who had already been in doubt at the weekend, but were able to start and play most of the match.

It’s reported if they pass fitness tests, then the only real change will see Sassuolo star Berardi replace Federico Bernardeschi of Juventus in the trident attack.

Berardi came off the bench against Poland and scored the second goal, after Jorginho converted a penalty.

Elsewhere, Alessandro Bastoni should retain his centre-back spot with Francesco Acerbi, but as it would be the Inter defender’s third consecutive start, it’s possible he’ll be spared with Napoli full-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo adapted to take over instead.

Bosnia-Herzegovina have many problems and sit bottom of the Nations League group with just two points from five games.

However, one of those points was in their opening 1-1 draw in Turin on September 4.

Roma striker Edin Dzeko scored in that game and is out of action with COVID-19, so Smail Prevljak is likely to get the nod upfront with Torino’s Amer Gojak.

Former Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic pulls the midfield strings with Milan’s Rade Krunic.

Probable line-ups

Bosnia-Herzegovina (4-3-3): Sehic; Todorovic, Kovacevic, Sanicanin, Kolasinac; Cimirot, Pjanic, Krunic; Visca, Prevljak, Gojak

Italy (4-3-3): G Donnarumma; Florenzi, Acerbi, Bastoni, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Belotti, Insigne

Ref: Artur Dias (POR)