Judging from the morning’s speculation, it appears Roy Hodgson has donned his white coat and safety goggles when concocting an England strategy capable of confounding Italy.
In what is rumoured to be a hugely experimental Three Lions side, Tottenham frontman Harry Kane will make an eagerly anticipated first start for his country, leading the line alongside Theo Walcott.
The fun doesn’t stop there, as Wayne Rooney kicks off the match at pointy end of a midfield diamond with Manchester United colleague Phil Jones at the base.
Whispers suggesting Jordan Henderson will start in goal remain unconfirmed, but despite all the modifications made, England still rank an excellent punt for success at 21/10.
Their Azzurri counterparts assume 31/20 favouritism next to the 21/10 draw, but, as we outlined in this article yesterday, both bets can be overlooked with the Three Lions primed to prevail.
Antonio Conte’s troops are dabbling in the art of experimentation themselves, fielding four players with two caps or fewer, one being misfiring Southampton dreamboat Graziano Pelle.
Having such an out-of-form forward spearheading the attack obviously diminishes the hosts’ prospects of rippling the net, while England’s are boosted no end with white-hot Kane wearing the number nine.
It took the Spurs superstar just 72 seconds of his international debut to score in the one-time world champions’ 4-0 walloping of Lithuania last time out, but his inclusion from the off is far from the solo factor supporting a case for away day victory.
Italy may have won their previous two non-competitive games, but had won one in 13 (against San Marino) prior to these dual triumphs.
One of these friendly failures came when they last faced England with the headguards on, as Hodgson’s men recorded a 2-1 win in Geneva.
It’s become a familiar scoreline when this pair face off, with three of the last four meetings ending with three goals split between the two.
Another instalment in England’s favour pays out at 9/1, with an identical price on offer for those who wish to back the Italians.
For the truly optimistic and, of course, Mr and Mrs Kane, it’s 40/1 the game ends 2-1 to England with their lad bagging the opener.