Preview: Italy vs. France

Cesare Prandelli
© PA Photos
Sports Mole previews the international friendly between Italy and France in Parma on Wednesday.

Two former world and European champions will come face to face in a friendly international on Wednesday when Italy host France in Parma.

Both sides have made positive starts to their respective 2014 World Cup qualifying campaigns and will look to use this match to keep their momentum going.

Italy are unbeaten in Group B and with 10 points from four matches, Cesare Prandelli's side are four points clear at the top.

On the other hand, France are second behind Spain in Group I but only on goal difference, as both have collected seven points from three matches.

Prandelli omitted Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi from his squad for disciplinary reasons, and included Newcastle United full-back Davide Santon as well as youngster Alessandro Florenzi.

France coach Didier Deschamps had to call up Bordeaux defender Benoit Tremoulinas as a late replacement for Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy, who pulled out of the squad on Monday with a lower back problem.

Les Bleus were already without the injured duo Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa, while Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna was overlooked by Deschamps.

Recent form

Italy: LDWWW

France: DWWLD

Possible starting lineups:

Italy: Buffon, Santon, Chiellini, Barzagli, Balzaretti, Marchisio, Montolivo, Giaccherini, Pirlo, Balotelli, El Shaarawy

France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Sakho, Koscielny, Cabaye, Valbuena, Gonalons, Ribery, Menez, Giroud

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Cesare Prandelli
Read Next:
Prandelli stand by De Rossi decision
1Manchester CityMan City1492330141629
2Leicester CityLeicester148512921829
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd1484220101028
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1467124111325
7Crystal Palace147161914522
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham146442521422
12Stoke CityStoke145451114-319
13West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom145361318-518
15Swansea CitySwansea143561419-514
16Norwich CityNorwich143471725-813
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle142481430-1610
20Aston Villa1412111227-155