Preview: Italy vs. Denmark

Preview: Italy vs. Denmark
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Sports Mole previews the Group B World Cup qualifier between Italy and Denmark.

Group leaders Italy are likely to have Manchester City frontman Mario Balotelli available for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Denmark.

The 22-year-old missed his nation's 3-1 victory over Armenia on Friday evening with the flu.

However, he has now recovered and should partner Pablo Osvaldo in attack.

Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to miss out with a thigh strain.

Meanwhile, Juventus's loanee frontman Nicklas Bendtner will feature as a lone striker for the visiting Danes.

Should he find the net, he will rise to 10th on Denmark's all-time goalscoring list.

Denmark are currently fifth in the group with two points from their opening two matches.

Recent form

Italy: WWDLL
Denmark: DDLLL

Possible starting lineups:

Italy: De Sanctis; Maggio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Criscito; Marchisio, De Rossi, Pirlo; Montolivo; Balotelli, Osvaldo

Denmark: Andersen; Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Mtiliga; Kvist, Kristensen, Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli; Bendtner

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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