It will be Belgium vs Italy on the Euro 2020 game hosted at the Allianz Arena, for a place in the semifinal. The two powerhouses come into this match on a winning streak. They will each have confidence after winning all the contests in the previous part of the tournament. However, Italy avoided being eliminated in the penalty shoot-out against Austria before 120 minutes. On one side of the bracket, Belgium eliminated Portugal–the reigning European champions–in the Round of 16. Few teams in the championship are as strong on both sides of the ball as these two teams.
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Belgium vs. Italy Match Preview
Belgium had a tough path to the quarterfinals of UEFA Euro 2020, after they overcame Portugal in Seville. Belgium took a one goal lead at the end of the first half off a brilliant strike by Thorgan Hazard. The Portuguese dominated the second half but, sadly, to no avail as Belgium remained united and stopped Portugal’s attacking onslaught.
The Red Devils are in the top position of FIFA’s rankings and are seen by analysts as the country most likely to win this trophy. The team has had four victories, scoring only one goal against Denmark as they came back and won that game.
Unlike the four games before it, in which Paraguay was most efficient and scored over 2.5 goals, its victory over Portugal was minimal, with only one goal scored.
The one goal in the game came courtesy of Thorgan Hazard and it was a close contest to decide whether or not he could have added at least one more late in the game. Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bryne was forced to leave the game in the second half, and his condition is being evaluated as we write this article.
The team has not lost since its 31st game, and in their last 11 games they are yet to concede any goals during the regular 90 minutes. Roberto Mancini has been able to make the team do well until now, but no one knows for how long he will be able to keep this lead as Italy is a winner in this tournament.
Even though they encountered many challenges, Austria has been beaten, the Italian team did not slow down nor lose its composure but successfully ground their way to victory. The next generation of players has not made great strides in the future and yet to make any impressive results.
One of Mancini’s biggest challenges before the quarterfinals is Giorgio Chiellini’s condition. The veteran defender, who is the leader of this unit, suffers from injury and although everything points that he should be ready for Sunday’s match, some doubts remain as to whether he’ll be able to compete with the Belgian attackers.
Belgium are currently ranked as the top team in the FIFA Hall of Fame 35% more legitimate than any other country. The rank comes with and increased chance to win (or lose) tournaments, but they made their goal clear: “Belgium’s ambition is to become world champions.” The Belgians have stars in every position, and sometimes there is even a surplus. As for the group stage, Roberto Martinez’s side crushed Russia as easily as possible (3-0) then it beat Denmark (2-1). Finally, they sealed an ordinary victory over Finland (2-0).
In a play-off match, Belgium was facing off with Portugal. The game had originally been looked favorably for the Belgians, but fortunately they came away victorious. Even though they won 1-0, the Belgians had a number of chances and just couldn’t find the final touch. Cristiano Ronaldo’s company got pounced on from all angles but were unable to put many through. In any case, Belgium showed their strength against such a strong opponent and caused some noise with this performance. It is important to note Roberto Martinez’s extraordinary accomplishment of winning the first match in charge without two key players: Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.
Belgium team news
Martinez is worried about the fitness of De Bruyne and Hazard. The Manchester City man twists his ankle during victory over Italy, while Hazard pulled a hamstring.
If neither Romelu Lukaku nor Kevin de Bruyne have started yet, then Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco should play in the XI. Thorgan Hazard has been selected for the starting position while Romelu Lukaku will start up front.
Belgium’s Betting Odds
After winning three out of their four games, Belgium faced a stern test at the last-16 stage when they played against five-time champions Portugal.
Though Thorgan Hazard’s fantastic shot from distance gave us the lead, as half-time neared. They held on to that one goal for the full 90 minutes and won 1-0.
After the break, the Red Devils held on to their slim lead while Thibaut Courtois denied a Ruben Dias header and Raphael Guerreiro hit one of his own posts late on.
The fact that Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard have been injured is obviously disconcerting, but Belgian football still has other key players.
Top spot in the last World Cup qualifying rounds and strong showings from their players in the Nations League help this country grab the #1 FIFA ranking.
Looking at the odds for Belgium verses Italy, we have confidence in the Red Devils to score first with a 5/4 chance.
Italy’s credit as the best of their group stage teammates was not evident in the Euro 2020 last 16 matches.Previously, Italy looked strong in the qualifying group. They beat Turkey (3-0), Switzerland (4-0) and Wales (1-0). However, after that, it seemed like there would be no problems with Austria in the play-offs.
The challenges only get worse when you’re a parent traveling with kids. Roberto Mancini’s charges could have lost in the end. Marko Arnautovic scored on 65 minutes, but was offside. Italy’s performance at home looked very poor as if they had no idea what to do against such a smart and aggressive opponent.In the span of extra time, they managed to overcome the tired Austrians. But one goal was scored by Austria before the end of the game, making for an intense final minutes. The Italian defence did not allow any more mistakes and after being clear favourites to win (2-1), they got a very difficult victory in the end.
Italy team news
Giorgio Chiellini wants to be prepared for Saturday’s game, but he might have a thigh injury. Alessandro Florenzi is also hoping to be available in the next match-up, but his availability isn’t as likely.
Mancini is set to recycle his entire forward line again after winning Friday’s game against Austria. Federico Chiesa, who came on as a substitute and inspired Italy’s win, could start in this game.
Italy’s Betting Odds
Roberto Mancini has undertaken an impressive rebuilding process as Italy manager since the team failed to qualify for Russia 2018.
The Azzurri won 11 straight games before conceding a goal in their group rounds and were expected to be victorious against Austria.
When Nicolo Barella scored early in the match, it seemed as if he had put Das Team on its heels.
Robert Lewandowski’s second goal is ruled out by VAR for being a foul, while Italy substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina score in extra time.
Within seconds of the game restarting, Sasa Kalajdzic steered in a header to set up a tense finale. Mancini praised his side for showing character in the face of adversity.
Mancini deserves credit for getting the best out of his squad, but that contest leaves us questioning whether they have enough star quality to progress.
Betting odds and tips for Belgium vs Iitaly
The strength of BELGIUM and ITALY in this match is nearly equal, which means that the outcome at the end of the game will be very unpredictable. Belgium has a small advantage, but we’re covering our bets with only a draw to reduce risk as much as possible.
The latest bookmakers’ odds on the WDW make betting on Belgium an investment worth looking into, as payoffs are at 3.4. If you fancy a “no-score draw” or want to see Italy win, then its best to consider investing in these markets at bets of 3.1 and 2.3 respectively. These are the most competitive bets offered at the moment.
All of our tips are unbiased and have been researched using the latest stats and figures available at the time.
Italy is forecasted to defeat Belgium as per the latest Football Predictions. The teams are remarkably well-matched at this point in time.
Belgium vs Italy Betting Tips
Prediction ahead of the 4th EURO quarter-finals round clash between Belgium and Italy on Friday 2nd July 2021 at Allianz Arena (Munich).
The first round of matches for both national teams were very nerve-wracking, but it is expected that the quarterfinal match will be a memorable one.
Belgium was one of the favorites to go far in this tournament, with three out of four easy wins. They managed to come up with an impressive win against Portugal — led by Cristiano Ronaldo– even though they were playing on their opponents side of the field and tied them 1-1. It’s hard to say what most impressed with Italy in the group stage, but one thing is for certain–they had trouble against Austria in the first game of their knockout phase. The Austrian Azures won by two goals, needed extra time to do so though.
Belgium and Italy’s previous game was in the group stage during the EURO competition. Italy won that game 2-0 with Giaccherini and Pelle scoring both goals.
Italy features a high team spirit and high-quality individual players, but Belgium has higher quality individual players on its side.Our prediction is that Belgium will win 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals. If you would prefer to mitigate other risk, 1X is also a possibility.
Tip 1: Under 2.5 Goals
When these two teams last locked horns, in the 2016 Euro Cup, only two goals were scored as Italy won 2-0. Four of Belgium’s last six international matches have had fewer than three goals scored. Roberto Mancini’s squad has not allowed a goal in 12 matches and their defense was strong against Austria (even though they did concede).
Tip 2: Draw
Four of the 11 meetings between Belgium and Italy have ended in stalemates. We’re backing them to cancel one another out by halftime of Friday’s game. History favors the teams coming in to Italy. Belgium has never lost so far, but they’re also 13 years clean. Italy’s last 31 matches have ended as draws. You can see why we think this will be a draw between these two superstar teams with histories like these!
Tip 3: Italy to Qualify
Italy has had a surprisingly good record against Belgium over the years, winning three of the last four matches. They defeated Belgium in Euro 2016’s group stage and also during Euro 2000. The country of Italy has had more success winning the tournament than any other country. Many people believe that this Euro Cup and 2020 World Cup are the last chances for their “Golden Generation” to win, since they have never won before.
Belgium vs Italy: Prediction
The absence of De Bruyne and Hazard will make it difficult for Belgium to progress in the competition. Furthermore, it would be foolish to underestimate them because they have Romelu Lukaku who is an enormous advantage upfront. Inter’s superstar knows all of the opponents very well and could be an X-factor on the field. We suggest backing Inter to win 2-0 at a best price of 1/2, with under 2.5 goals coming in for that bet at even money odds.
Despite pressure from Ronaldo and Portugal’s team, Belgium had a successful outing in Seville – but this defense will be tested again. Indeed, this could be as far as the Golden Generation makes it in this tournament.
After an impressive performance at Euro 2020, Italy enters this match with fresh legs. It also helps that Roberto Mancini can freely change his attacking formation without leaving it weakened in the goal scoring department.
Belgium, who have been performing well thus far in the Euros, take on Italy with a place in the semis up for grabs. The Belgians are favorites and Italy stand weaker offensively so we think Belgium will win. Italy must play at their best to secure a score in this game. The Belgians, meanwhile, will strive for the win with an unfazed squad and fewer injuries while playing.
Prediction: Belgium 1-2 Italy ( at )
Belgium vs. Italy Head to Head Games
Italy proved to be better than Belgium in their most recent clash. Italy won with a score of 2-0 during the group stage at Euro 2016 five years ago.
Belgium vs Italy Football Predictions and Betting Odds: Probable Line ups
Belgium – Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Hazard, Carrasco, Hazard, Lukaku.
Italy – Donnarumma, Cheillini, Lorenzo, Bonucci, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Verrati, Berardi, Immobile, Insigne.
Belgium vs. Italy Conclusion
The Belgian squad showed defensive steel to edge to a 1-0 victory over the reigning champions Portugal in today’s round of 16 matchup. Italy also needed extra time to get past Austria in what was their worst 90 minute performance of the tournament so far. The Italian team has yet to play a team that is as strong them, while the Belgian side had played games against Denmark and Portugal.
To improve clarity: The Azzuri have not played an opponent as skilled as them, and Belgium defeated both Denmark and Portugal.