Thursday September 1 2011
Italy target another win

Italy have touched down in the Faroe Islands ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday evening.

The Azzurri have a five-point lead, and a game in hand, over Slovenia in Group C thanks to 16 points from a possible 18 so far.

They'll take on the minnows in the knowledge that wins over the Faroe Islands and Slovenia over the next week will see them qualify for the European Championships.

Italy will understandably start the encounter as favourites, but boss Cesare Prandelli has warned against complacency.

"Everyone thinks that a win is in the bag for us, but in reality it depends on how we face this match," the former Fiorentina boss noted.

Prandelli is also concerned that the decision to postpone the start of the season in Italy will be a problem.

"The lack of matches worries me," he added. "However, I'd be even more worried if we had to face a big team such as France.

"September is traditionally a difficult time for Italian football and even one round of Serie A action would have been a help."

Prandelli is expected to field a 4-3-1-2 system after it worked so well in the friendly win over Spain last month.

Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo is being tipped to start behind the two strikers, one of which will probably be Milan man Antonio Cassano.

However, Prandelli has yet to decide whether he'll be partnered in attack by Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi or Giampaolo Pazzini of Inter.

Italy probable: Buffon; Maggio, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Criscito; De Rossi, Pirlo, Thiago Motta; Montolivo; Cassano, Rossi (Pazzini).