Italy will change the formation against Sweden

With the suspension of Marco Verratti, Italy may change the line in the midfield.

Giampiero Ventura, the Italian coach is expected to change the 4-4-2 formation or 4-2-3-1 to the second match against Sweden in the playoffs for the 2018 World Cup.

Verratti will not play because of the yellow cards while Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola are still unable to play 90 minutes.

Leonardo Bonucci has problems with his nose, but could play with a protective mask.

The natural substitution for the Paris Saint-Germain star is Jorginho, but the Italian coach is not a fan of 4-3-3 formation.

While 3-5-2 was a failure in Sweden, it is said that the next step of the Azzurri will be an old-fashioned 4-4-2.

This will keep many elements from the favorite Venturas system, 4-2-4, but with Lorenzo Insigne and Antonio Candreva who will also perform defensive work.

Another alternative suggested is 4-2-3-1, which is currently well used by Luciano Spalletti in Inter and Max Allegri in Juventus.

That would bring Stephan El Shaarawy to the left wing and Insignen would shift it to a central role.

In this case, Roberto Gagliardini will enter the midfield and is already adopted to this system, including the right-wing Antonio Candreva.

The central striker will be Andrea Belotti with Ciro Immobile.

Otherwise, the second meeting between Italy and Sweden will take place tomorrow (Monday) at 20:45.