Sunday September 9 2012
Osvaldo-Destro against Malta?

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo looks set to keep his place in the Italy side against Malta, but Mattia Destro steps in for Sebastian Giovinco.

The Azzurri were held to a 2-2 draw against Bulgaria in Friday’s World Cup qualifying opener.

Osvaldo bagged a brace, his first ever senior international goals, and is expected to start at the Stadio Braglia in Modena on Tuesday evening.

However, Giovinco could be dropped following a sluggish performance in Sofia, making way for the more attack-minded Destro.

This would create an all-Roma front pairing, as they are also teammates at club level.

Cesare Prandelli is also expected to shelve the 3-5-2 system again in favour of a 4-3-1-2 with Alessandro Diamanti as the trequartista.

Mattia Cassani and Federico Peluso could replace Christian Maggio and Emanuele Giaccherini.

Daniele De Rossi has already been sent home after picking up a thigh strain during the Bulgaria match and could well be out for a month, so Antonio Nocerino steps in.