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Starting XI: Portugal vs Italy

Portugal host Roberto Mancini's Italy in their opening game of the UEFA Nations League on Monday evening – here is how the two teams will line up.

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UEFA Nations League

Teams: Portugal vs Italy

Date: 10 September 2018

Venue: Estadio da Luz

Time: 20:45

The Portuguese were drawn in Group 3 in League A along with Poland and 2006 FIFA World Cup winners Italy.

Fernando Santos' men go into this encounter on the back of a 1-1 draw with Croatia in a friendly last Thursday.

This clash against Italy will be Portugal's first competitive fixture since their exit from Russia 2018 at the hands of Uruguay, and all eyes will be on how they can cope without their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Italy, however, have already played a game in the competition, which ended all square with Poland courtesy of a late penalty from Chelsea's Jorginho.

It has been 25 years since these two teams last faced each other in a competitive fixture, while their latest meeting was a friendly that Portugal won 1-0 back in 2015.

Here's how they line up:

Portugal: Rui Patrício; Cancelo, Pepe, Rúben Dias, Mário Rui; Carvalho, Neves; Bernardo, Pizzi, Bruma; André Silva.

Italy: Donnarumma, Lazzari, Caldara, Romagnoli, Criscito, Cristante, Jorginho, Bonaventura, Zaza, Immobile, Chiesa.

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What's your prediction for tonight's encounter? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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