The Azzurri will be wearing white for this one while the Socceroos get to wear their yellow shirts.
Italy came out on top of its very tough group with wins over Ghana and the Czech Republic and a tie against the USA. Midfielder Daniele De Rossi is out with a suspension for his elbow to Brian McBride's head. Italy was knocked out of the 2002 World Cup in a loss to Korea.
Australia moved on to the second round for the first time in its history. Australia beat Japan in its opener, lost to Brazil, and then got a tie against Croatia in a contentious matchup that saw the English referee actually lose count of how many yellow cards he handed out. The man in the middle today will be from Spain, Luis Medina Cantalejo.
The two sides have met only once before and that was in the Olympics in 2000 and Italy won 1-0.
Australia may be without striker Harry Kewell who has been fighting injuries. Mark Schwarzer should get the start as keeper. Schwarzer started the first two matches and then Australia went to Zeljko Kalac for the match against Croatia. Kalac was very shaky and Schwarzer is back in goal.
Italy will have Gianluigi Buffon starting in goal and I'm thinking of put him on one of two lists I have. I'll wait and see.