Italy will be taking on Sweden in the two teams’ second match of the 2016 Euro Championships campaign on Friday 17 June in Toulouse.
Italy will be heading to this match looking to secure a place in the knockout rounds after sweeping a much fancied Belgium side with ease in the first match while their opponents Sweden will be looking to strengthen their quest after playing to a 1 – 1 draw with Republic of Ireland in the opening game.
They were not regarded as the favorites heading to the tournament but the Azzurri had pundits thinking otherwise and with a game against Sweden, they can take the chance to strengthen their quest.
Sweden on the other hand labored through the game against Republic of Ireland and will need their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stand up and be counted after a mild show in the opening game.
Though Ibra will claim the assist that brought the equalizer against Ireland, it was not his normal energetic performance.
Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Eder and Thiago Motta were all booked against Belgium and are in danger of missing the final group game. One more caution for any of the quartet would see them miss the match against Ireland.
Manchester United full back Matteo Darmian could make way for Mattia De Sciglio while Graziano Pelle missed a recent training session and is a doubt.
Sweden are expected to be without Mikael Lustig, who was forced off during the draw with Ireland nursing a groin problem.
He is likely to be replaced by Erik Johansson while Victor Lindelof could switch to right-back.
Italy possible XI: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Giaccherini, De Sciglio, Pelle, Eder.
Sweden possible XI: Isaksson, Lindelof, Johansson, Granqvist, Olsson, Larsson, Lewicki, Kallstrom, Forsberg, Berg, Ibrahimovic.