Tuesday May 29 2012
Italy to go with Balotelli-Cassano

Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano are expected to lead the Italian attack in the friendly with Luxembourg later this evening.

Coach Cesare Prandelli, who has now selected his 23-man squad for Euro 2012, will field a 4-3-1-2.

Juventus custodian Gigi Buffon will keep goal behind a back-four of Christian Maggio, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Balzaretti.

If Juventus stopper Bonucci isn’t fielded, given the reports that he could soon be investigated as part of the betting probe, Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna will start as Giorgio Chiellini recovers from injury.

The three in midfield should initially be comprised of Antonio Nocerino, Thiago Motta and Daniele De Rossi.

Alessandro Diamanti and Riccardo Montolivo are both set to be tested at some stage during the tie behind two forwards.

The match is scheduled to take place at Parma’s Stadio Tardini despite the earthquake in Italy this morning which rocked the Azzurri squad’s hotel, although city officials will discuss the matter with the Italian Football Federation.

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