Italian coach Marcello Lippi will be looking for more from his side than he got from their opener against Paraguay.
Injured Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon will be replaced by Cagliari’s Federico Marchetti. Buffon is suffering from a herniated disc in his back, and Italy are unsure when he will be able to return.
The Azzurri are tipped to switch to the 4-4-2 formation that Marcello Lippi used in the second half against Paraguay. Either Antonio Di Natale or Vincenzo Iaquinta will partner Alberto Gilardino up front. Playmaker Andrea Pirlo remains sidelined by a calf problem.
New Zealand midfielder Tim Brown is expected to be available after recovering from shoulder surgery. He could replace veteran defender Ivan Vicelich, who filled in as a holding midfielder in the 1-1 draw with Slovakia on Tuesday.
One booking from suspension: Camoranesi (Italy), Lochhead & Reid (both New Zealand). (BBC Sport)
Clearly New Zealand will be overjoyed at having collected their first ever World Cup point thanks to a last gasp equalizer against Slovakia, however the Kiwis may find life a little tougher against an Italian side looking to quickly extinguish the memory of their fairly poor display against Paraguay in their opener.
With Marcello Lippi looking to use a two pronged attack in Nelspruit the New Zealanders may have their work cut out for them today.
Highlights of previous World Cup group matches these two sides have taken part in.
Italy 1-1 Paraguay
New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia