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Ireland will look to regroup after their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Turkey last time out when they take on Italy in London.

Martin O’Neill’s men slipped to a second successive home defeat on Sunday as poor finishing cost them dearly. Ireland threatened throughout the game and were it not for better finishing O’Neill could have been celebrating his second win as Irish boss.


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As it stands, the former Villa supremo has yet to add to his first successive over Latvia with a draw with Poland followed by defeats to Serbia and Turkey.

O’Neill will be hoping for a case of history repeating itself on Saturday. June three years ago the boys in green recorded a 2-0 win over Italy, a game that saw David Forde win his first cap.

The Millwall stopper is likely to once again face the Azzurri this time with the Galway man excited by the prospect.

“I am certainly looking forward to it. I made my first start for Ireland against Italy away in Liege, so I have a lot of fond memories there.” He said.

“If we had another one of those nights, I’d be delighted. It was a bizarre night, it was a fantastic night.

“You know, we are a good underdog and I am sure we will put in a good performance on Saturday.”

italyDerby trio Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon should all be involved after missing the clash with Turkey due to their involvement with their club in the play-off final.

With no World Cup football on the horizon, O’Neill and his team will be playing for the European Championship and the 62 year has revealed his intention is to experiment against the Italians.

“People say I’m a 4-4-2 man,” he told the Irish Post. “But I used 3-5-2 for years at Celtic and Leicester.

“I’m open to change and will try things out over the course of these matches because this is the time to do that – not in September when the Euros start.”

Italy meanwhile are at the World Cup and they will use the game with Ireland as preparation for the mouth-watering group opener with England.

Cesare Prandelli, who recently signed a new deal with Italy, has failed to see his side win any of their last five games. They have drawn with Denmark, Armenia, Germany and Nigeria whilst they have also lost to Spain.

While Prandelli has an almost fully fit squad to choose from he may opt to sparingly use Giuseppe Rossi, Mario Balotelli and Andrea Barzagli as they work their way back to fitness

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.