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Italy vs. Malta Euro 2016 qualifying: Team news, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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The Artemio Franchi in Florence is, well, it's not exactly full. To be honest, it looks less than half-full. But there are people there, and they're there to watch Italy take on Malta as Gli Azzurri look to pull closer to qualifying for the European Championships in France next summer.

Antonio Conte has rung the changes for this match, eschewing his traditional 3-5-2 formation for a more straightforward 4-3-3. The hope is that the change will help stabilize the midfield while adding teeth to the attack, but when Andrea Bertolacci is the most defensively-gifted of the midfield three, that might not work out so well. Still, it's "just" Malta, so Italy should be fine. Hopefully. Maybe.

Oh god, they're doomed aren't they?

Napoli fans will be glad to see Manolo Gabbiadini in the starting lineup, lining up on the right wing of the front three, with Graziano Pelle and Sampdoria forward Eder -- who scored a brace in Naples over the weekend -- on the left. Lorenzo Insigne is starting on the bench, and stands a fair chance of making an appearance as an attacking substitute at some point in the match.


Italy: Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, Pasqual; Verratti, Pirlo, Bertolacci; Gabbiadini, Pelle, Eder

Malta: Hogg; A Muscat, S Borg, Z Muscat, Agius, Failla; R Muscat, P Fenech, Briffa; Effiong; Schembri

How to watch

TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S.), RAI Uno (Italy), TVM 2 (Malta)

Online: Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)

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