Wednesday September 2 2015
Verratti and Pirlo against Malta?

It’s reported Italy will use Graziano Pellè, Antonio Candreva, Marco Verratti and Andrea Pirlo against Malta tomorrow.

Antonio Conte performed more experiments during training ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday evening.

According to the latest rumours, New York City FC man Pirlo will become the first ever MLS player to feature for Italy.

He’s expected to start in midfield with Andrea Bertolacci and Paris Saint-Germain star Verratti.

It’ll be a rare occurrence to see both Verratti and Pirlo together.

Conte seems set to shelve the 3-5-2 system in favour of a 4-3-3 shape with Domenico Criscito and Matteo Darmian as the full-backs.

Lazio’s Candreva appears to have the upper hand over Palermo man Franco Vazquez to support the centre-forward with Sampdoria’s Eder completing the trident.

Southampton striker Pellè is the favourite to start rather than Simone Zaza or Ciro Immobile.

Italy (probable): Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, Criscito; Verratti, Pirlo, Bertolacci; Vazquez, Pellè, Eder

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