International break is here again, and a number of Fiorentina players are away with their national teams, battling in continental qualifications.
The Stadio Renzo Barbera of Palermo hosts the second game of Italy's qualifying campaign. After beating Norway away, the azzurri will have a chance to get another win against Azerbaijan. With that and an easy trip to Malta on Monday, Italy should have all 9 points from first three games. Coach Antonio Conte has called up two Fiorentina players. Despite not being a regular starter for the club, Manuel Pasqual is expected to start today for Italy, while Alberto Aquilani - perhaps the most in-form player for viola - will be on the bench. The game starts at 8:45 p.m. local, or 2:45 p.m. ET. The anticipated lineup for Italy is a 3-5-2: Buffon; Ranocchia, Bonucci, Chiellini; Darmian, Florenzi, Pirlo, Marchisio, Pasqual; Zaza, Immobile.
Jasmin Kurtic was involved in last night's important 1-0 victory against Switzerland. The viola midfielder started the game, but was subbed at halftime. Josip Ilicic wasn't called up for this match. Slovenia's next game is on Sunday, against Lithuania away.
One of the biggest surprises of last night, after Spain's defeat to Slovakia, is Montenegro failing to win at Liechtenstein. Head coach Branko Brnovic decided to rest couple of players, including Stefan Savic, for the match against Austria on Sunday. Former Fiorentina star, Stevan Jovetic, missed couple of great opportunities. In the end, it was a 0-0 that hurts Montenegro's chances of reaching Euro 2016. But Montenegro could turn it around if Savic and company can surprise Austria in Vienna on Sunday.
After scoring his first goal for Fiorentina last Sunday, against Inter Milan, Nenad Tomovic will start for Serbia in an away game against Armenia tomorrow. After Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic suffered an injury on training, Tomovic will fill in at right back. Armenia might be a tough opponent, especially on their turf, but Serbia will be expected to come out victorious. Tomovic and his teammates will have tougher test on Tuesday, when Albania will come to Belgrade.
Juan Cuadrado's Colombia will play two friendlies, against El Salvador, tonight at 8 ET, and on Tuesday at 9:15, although it is uncertain how many minutes Cuadrado will play after still not being in top condition despite a sparkling performance against Inter last sunday.