Wales took a huge step towards qualification from Group A after their 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku on Wednesday evening, though Robert Page is unlikely to allow his side to take their foot of the pedal against Italy.
The Welsh kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with a respectable draw against Switzerland, before inspired performances from star duo Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey led to three points in the Azeri capital.
Qualification is almost certain but not yet guaranteed, meaning team selection against Roberto Mancini’s high-flying Azzurri. Here, 90min predicts the team that could take to the field tasked with ensuring Wales qualify for the round of 16.
Danny Ward (GK) – Made an excellent stop in the latter stages of Wales’ win over Turkey, highlighting why he’s displaced Wayne Hennessey as number one keeper.
Connor Roberts (RB) – The Swansea defender scored Wales’ second goal against Turkey, and has looked assured throughout.
Chris Mepham (CB) – Turned in a strong performance against Turkey after a less impressive display against Switzerland.
Joe Rodon (CB) – When you consider how well he performed against Turkey, it’s crazy to think he only played 12 times in the Premier League for Spurs.
Ben Davies (LB) – One of the leaders in the side, Davies is one of the first names on the Wales teamsheet and rightly so.
Joe Morrell (CM) – Has looked solid in both of Wales’ games, bringing balance and stability to the midfield alongside Joe Allen.
Ethan Ampadu (CM) – A centre-back by trade, Ampadu is more than capable of taking on the holding role – and may be tasked with containing Italy’s dynamic midfield as he has fresher legs than Allen.
Aaron Ramsey (CM) – Reminded everybody how good he can be last time out, leading Wales to victory when a performance was needed most. Will be keen to show interested clubs that he can match up against one of the world’s best teams.
Gareth Bale (RW) – May have blazed a spot-kick against Turkey high over the bar, but Bale was brilliant throughout in Baku. Loves playing for his country and leading by example.
Harry Wilson (ST) – Kieffer Moore has been exceptional for Wales so far, but there may be a temptation to bring Harry Wilson back into the fold – he had been playing in a false nine role leading into the tournament.
Daniel James (LW) – Has electrifying pace to burn and undoubtedly will be looked to in regards to running in behind. James’ final ball isn’t always the best, but he’s been in good touch so far.