Spain and Italy are all set to battle it out in a heated UEFA Nations League semifinal on Thursday night. PHOTO | AFP

European giants Spain and Italy are all set to battle it out in a heated UEFA Nations League semifinal on Thursday night.

Luis de la Fuente will take charge of his third match in charge of the Spanish team and could book a place in the final.

Spain were responsible for breaking Italy’s 37-game unbeaten run in 2021 and they renew their rivalry here.

The winner of this match will progress to Sunday’s final where they will face either Netherlands or Croatia.

Spain have lost only two of their last 10 matches against Italy, with their previous defeat against the Azzurri coming on penalties at the 2021 Euros.

Spain have won only one of their last five matches, with their only victory coming by a 3-0 scoreline against Norway in March.

Which one of these European heavyweights will win on the night to book a place in the final?

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What time does Spain vs Italy start?

The game kicks off at 9:45pm Kenyan time at De Grolsch Veste Stadium.

Spain vs Italy team news

The veteran Sergio Busquets will not feature here and neither will Ferran Torres nor Pedri.

Though, Jordi Alba returns to the squad and will start as well as Dani Carvajal and Aymeric Laporte.

The attacking trio will consist of Gavi, Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata in the number 9 role.

For the Italians, Matteo Pessina and Domenico Berardi will both be absent from the squad due to injury.

Nicolo Barella, Jorginho and Marco Verratti will be the key components of the midfield while Lorenzo Pellegrini leads the attack.

Spain vs Italy head to head

From 15 games played between these two nations, Spain have a better record with 6 wins, while Italy have been victorious twice.

Spain vs Italy current form

The Italians have won three of their last 5 games, while Spain have only managed one win and they have lost three times in that process.

Spain vs Italy prediction

Both sides boast enough attacking prowess to get a goal in the game and over 2.5 goals are expected in the game.

Italy have been on a better run of form and are likely to win on the night.

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