NEWS
Wednesday November 18 2020
Line-ups: Bosnia-Herzegovina v Italy

Domenico Berardi is the only change to Italy’s starting XI, as they visit Miralem Pjanic’s Bosnia-Herzegovina for a place in the Nations League Final Four.

It kicks off in Sarajevo at 19.45 GMT, you can follow the build-up and action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.

The Nazionale will qualify for the Final Four tournament next year if they win here, or a draw would be enough as long as the Netherlands don’t beat Poland.

In fact, they could even lose and still go through as group winners if the other game ends in a draw.

Italy would also be hosting the tournament in October 2021, giving them an extra advantage and motivation.

Coach Roberto Mancini is still self-isolating at home with COVID-19, so for the third game in a week, assistant manager Alberico Evani is on the bench.

The squad is still decimated by injuries and the virus, ruling out among others Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Gaetano Castrovilli, Moise Kean, Angelo Ogbonna, Marco Verratti, Domenico Criscito and Cristiano Biraghi.

There is only one change from the XI that beat Poland 2-0 on Sunday, as Domenico Berardi comes in for Federico Bernardeschi.

Andrea Belotti and Alessandro Florenzi passed fitness tests again to start, with Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni given his third start in a row.

Bosnia are already relegated after just two points from five games, although one of those was in the 1-1 Turin draw back in September.

Edin Dzeko scored in that match and the Roma striker is one of several players out with COVID-19, including Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, who pulled out this morning.

Armin Hodzic, Ibrahim Sehic, Asmir Begovic and Jasmin Buric are among the absentees, so Kenan Piric is the only remaining goalkeeper.

Familiar faces including Milan midfielder Rade Krunic, Amer Gojak of Torino and ex-Juventus star Miralem Pjanic.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Piric; Corluka, Hadzikadunic, Sanicanin, Kadusic; Cimirot, Pjanic, Gojak; Tatar, Prevljak, Krunic

Bosnia bench: Dizdarevic, Kacavenda, Nastic, Todorovic, Ziljkic, Visca, Hadzic, Danilovic, Rahmanovic, Kovacevic, Loncar, Milosevic

Italy: G Donnarumma; Florenzi, Acerbi, Bastoni, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Belotti, Insigne

Italy bench: Sirigu, Meret, D’Ambrosio, Tonali, Romagnoli, Lasagna, Calabria, Soriano, Pessina, Bernardeschi, Orsolini, Di Lorenzo

Ref: Artur Dias (POR)