Italy: Sirigu; Darmian, Bonucci,Paletta, Sciglio; Motta, Verratti, Montolivo; Marchisio; Immobile, Rossi.
Giuseppe Rossi is a doubt but latest reports indicate he should be ok to play by Saturday.
Ireland: Forde; Coleman, O’shea, Delaney, Ward; Walters, Wilson, Whelan, Quinn; Doyle; Long.
Ireland will once again be without all-time leading goalscorer Robbie Keane.
101GG Betting Tip:
Italy will begin their World Cup rehearsals on Saturday when they face Ireland at Craven Cottage.
Cesare Prandelli has yet to decide on his final 23-man squad ahead of the June 2nd deadline, and this game will serve as the last chance for some of the players to display their skills and make a case for a roster inclusion.
Prandelli will enter the tournament knowing he has his federation’s full support, as the former Fiorentina manager’s contract was extended for another two years last week guaranteeing him employment through the Euro 2016 tournament.
Ireland have suffered back to back losses, first a 1:2 to Serbia which followed by a defeat to Turkey with the same scoreline, and recent reports indicate assistant manager Roy Keane will join Celtic as their new head manager.
Italy have been drawn into Group D for the upcoming World Cup alongside England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
101GG Prediction: Italy 2 – Ireland 0
Some essential facts to help with online betting:
Italy have not dropped a point or conceded a goal at home in qualifying
Italy did not bag a win in five games in all competitions since a 2-1 win over Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier back in September.