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Italy vs Spain: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
The game is a repeat of the Euro 2020 semi-final
The game is a repeat of the Euro 2020 semi-final / CARL RECINE/Getty Images

Just a few months on from their meeting in the semi-finals at Euro 2020, Spain and Italy face off this week with a place in only the second ever UEFA Nations League final at stake.

Gli Azzurri will enjoy home advantage, with the game taking place at San Siro, and Roberto Mancini's side go into the contest having not lost in 37 games.

However, Spain are looking strong too. They will be desperate to get revenge for this summer's heartbreak and will be hoping to upset the partisan crowd.

Here is everything you need to know about the game...

How to watch Italy vs Spain on TV/live stream

When is it? Wednesday 6 October
What time is kick-off? 19:45 (BST)
Where is it being played? San Siro
TV Channel: Sky Sports Main Event (UK), ESPN (US)
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)

Italy team news

Ciro Immobile
Italy will be without Immobile / Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Italy are without several of their Euro 2020 winning squad for the Nations League finals, with Ciro Immobile, Andrea Belotti and Leonardo Spinazzola missing from the squad.

Atalanta's Matteo Pessina was initially selected but he has since been replaced by Federico Dimarco due to injury.

The biggest boost for Mancini is the return of Roma superstar Lorenzo Pellegrini, who will be eager to impress after missing the Euros.

Full Italy squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Genoa)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Lyon), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta), Federico Dimarco (Inter)

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (PSG)

Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo), Moise Kean (Juventus)

Spain team news

Thiago Alcántara
Thiago faced Italy in the Euros / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Spain are in the midst of an injury crisis with Thiago Alcantara, Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Pedri and Marcos Llorente all ruled out.

As a result, youngsters Gavi and Villareal's Yeremi Pino could be handed maiden caps.

Ansu Fati and Jordi Alba are also not with the squad, despite both being fit enough to feature for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid last weekend.

Full Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David De Gea (Man Utd), Robert Sanchez (Brighton).

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Pedro Porro (Sporting CP), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Man City), Inigo Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Sergio Reguilon (Tottenham), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Man City), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Gavi (Barcelona).

Forwards: Ferran Torres (Man City), Pablo Sarabia (Sporting CP), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Yeremy Pino (Villarreal), Bryan Gil (Tottenham)

Italy vs Spain predicted lineups

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Kean, Insigne

Spain: De Gea; Azpilicueta, Torres, Laporte, Reguilon; Koke, Busquets, Merino; Sarabia, Torres, Oyarzabal

Italy vs Spain score prediction

On paper, this looks like a barnstormer. The Euro semi-final between the pair back in July was a terrific encounter full of drama and suspense.

Although the stakes are not quite as high this time around - no offence Nations League stans - both teams will still be extremely motivated to clinch some silverware.

In the end, Spain's lengthy injury list and the fact that Italy are playing 'at home' should ensure that Gli Azzurri extend their unbeaten record to 38 games.

Prediction: Italy 2-1 Spain