Italy’s traditions for an impeccable back four and creative number 10 seem to be sorely missing for this tournament and much could depend on the temperament of Mario Balotelli! Andrea Pirlo is the veteran star here but he must hope his younger, more volatile teammates stay in check.
- Three defeats to nil in warm-up games vs Uruguay, USA and Russia do not bode well
- Failed to win a group game at World Cup 2010
- Italy did not concede a single second half goal in qualifying
Liverpool: A solid if unspectacular defence with a controversial forward line, Italy may struggle to live up to expectations judging by the current crop.
Any Other Business
Italy and they should be a more attacking force than has been the tradition trusting in the madness of Mario is a stretch too far for us. Of the squad on its way to Poland and Ukraine, only Antonio Cassano scored more than once in qualifying so taking on the Italians could be the way to go.
To be eliminated at the group stages. Totesport go 5/4.