The Italian football team arrive for training ahead of their World Cup qualifying game against Spain Getty

Italy take on Spain in Turin in a crucial Group G 2018 World Cup match on Thursday (6 October). The latter will be looking to maintain their place at the top of the group, which they lead owing to superior goal difference.

Where to watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. The game will be telecast live on ITV 4 in the UK.

At the end of the article is a list of broadcasters for the Italy vs Spain game from across the globe.


Spain will be looking for revenge when they take on Italy in their Group G World Cup qualifying clash after losing to them in the Round of 16 in the European Championships this summer. It is a much changed squad this time around with two new managers at the helm, but the level of intensity is likely to be the same between the two rivals.

Vicente del Bosque's exit has seen a number of fringe players being brought back into the squad. Thiago Alcantra and Koke are integral part of the midfield, Jose Callejon gets his first call up, while Diego Costa has been recalled. Iker Casillas, who has been a regular, has been dropped from the squad altogether for the clashes against Italy and Albania.

Diego Costa
In-form Diego Costa is likely to lead the line when Spain take on Italy in a World Cup qualifying clash on Thursday Getty

Italy on the other hand still have a number of players from the squad who travelled for the Euro's this summer. However, they will be without Giorgio Chiellini, who was sent off in their previous qualifying game against Israel which could see Ogbonna or Romagnoli come in for the Juventus defender.

Italy and Spain, who have won two of the last three World Cups, have met nine times in competitive matches with the former leading the race 3-1. At the moment Spain are leading Group G and this will be a crucial clash as only the group winners are guaranteed an automatic place, with the second placed team needing to come through a play-off game.

What Managers Say

Giampiero Ventura: It's an important game but not a decisive one. They're a team who have changed in their approach and the way they do things on the pitch. This coach (Julen Lopetegui), who I greatly admire, has given them adrenaline, conviction and a made them a completely different team.

Julen Lopetegui [on games and selection]: "Italy and Albania are two complicated fixtures, so we must approach them with full concentration but it will be tough to take maximum points. Callejon has always been very close to my list and he has shown great recent form. Isco is a player who is fantastic — even when he is not playing. Sergio Rico also has been playing at a very high level and we believe can help us.

Betting Odds (Betfair)

  • Italy Win: 6/4
  • Draw: 2
  • Spain Win: 2

Team News

Italy squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa)

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)

Midfielders: Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Giacomo Bonaventura (AC Milan), Antonio Candreva (Inter Milan), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St. Petersburg), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder (Inter Milan), Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng), Nicola Sansone (Villareal)


Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli) and Sergio Rico (Sevilla).

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Nacho (Real Madrid), Iñígo Martínez (Real Sociedad)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcántara (Bayern Munich), Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Forwards: Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Nolito (Manchester City), José Callejón (Nápoles), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Vitolo (Sevilla)

Below is the list of countries with broadcasters alongside.

AlbaniaSuperSport 4 Digitalb
FranceRTL Nitro, Canal+ Décalé
GermanyRTL Nitro
AustraliaESPN Australia
AustriaRTL Nitro
IndiaSony Six SD, Sony Six HD
BangladeshSony Six SD, Sony Six HD
ItalyRAI Uno
MalaysiaAstro SuperSport 3
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSportKlub 2 Serbia
BulgariaDiema Sport
CanadaSportsnet World Now, Sportsnet One
MexicoSky HD, SKY Planeta Fútbol
ChinaCCTV-5, CCTV 5+ VIP
NetherlandsZiggo Sport Voetbal, Ziggo Sport
CroatiaSportklub 2 Croatia
IsraelSport 2
RussiaSetanta Sports Eurasia
Denmark6'eren, Dplay Denmark
PortugalSport TV1
SingaporeEleven Singapore
SpainTVE La 1
United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi Sports 4 HD
United KingdomITV 4 UK
United StatesFox Sports 1 USA, Fox Sports GO, Fox Soccer 2GO USA