At 38, Gigi Buffon is still going strong for ItalyReuters

Football giants Italy go into their fourth game of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers from Group G on Saturday as they clash swords with Liechtenstein at Rheinpark Stadion. On paper, this encounter is similar to the one between David and Goliath.

At the moment, the Azzurri, coached by Giampiero Ventura, are second in the six-member group with two wins and a draw. Liechtenstein, meanwhile, haven't won any so far and have a goal difference of minus 11.

Nevertheless, as per reports, Ventura is not comfortable with fielding his second team as he looks forward to bossing every game with his A-team. The likes of Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are out of the game owing to injuries but experienced players like Gigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci are set to feature.

Liechtenstein started their campaign with a complete 0-8 knockout by former European and World champions Spain in Group G. The low confidence then showed in their following two games against Albania and Israel.

The result of Saturday's game is very much done and dusted. But the prospect of seeing Italy football team in action is reason enough not to miss this one.

Expected starting XI

Liechtenstein: Jehle; Rechsteiner, Kaufmann, Wieser, Goppel; Christen, Wolfinger, Martin Buchel, Marcel Buchel, Burgmeier; Gubser.

Italy: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Romagnoli; Candreva, Bernardeschi, Verratti, Bonaventura, De Sciglio; Belotti, Immobile.


Liechtenstein vs Italy is set for 7.45 pm GMT (2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am IST [Sunday]) kick off on November 12.

Where to watch live

India: TV - Sony Six HD. Live streaming - SonyLiv

UK: TV - Sky Sports. Live streaming - Sky Go

USA: TV - Fubo TV, Fox Sports 2. Live streaming - Fox Sports Go.

Italy: TV - RAI Uno.

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