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Belgium vs. Italy Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
30 June 2021
Friday 2 July
Allianz Arena – Euro 2020
Two of the pre-tournament favourites face off as Belgium meet Italy in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Friday. Both teams have remained true to their form in the opening four matches and undoubtedly have one eye on the final, with the mobile football betting seeing either nation as potential winners.
Italy overcame Belgium when the sides met in the 2016 European Championships with Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle both on the scoresheet.
Belgium were victorious a year earlier in a friendly, when Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi – all still part of the Belgium squad – cancelled out Antonio Candreva’s early opener.
Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard both went off injured in Belgium’s last game and Roberto Martinez will be nervously awaiting their prognosis. Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco deputised for the Belgian stars in the opening game of the championship and are expected to do so again.
Pressure is mounting on Roberto Mancini to start Federico Chiesa after the young winger broke the deadlock against Austria. The manager opted to start Marco Verratti over Manuel Locatelli on Saturday night and is expected to do so again this week. Giorgio Chiellini may be fit to start for Italy but Alessandro Florenzi will miss out.
Belgium vs. Italy Preview and Predictions
Belgium look for their first competitive win over Italy in 45 years as the sides face off in Euro 2020 on Friday. The betting has the Red Devils at 3.25 to win within 90 minutes, compared to 2.40 for Italy and 3.10 for the draw.
Roberto Martinez’s side impressed in Sunday’s hard-fought win over Portugal in a game that threatened to bubble over at times. Unfortunately for Belgium the victory came at a cost as Kevin De Bruyne, having just returned from an eye injury, was forced to leave the pitch with an ankle problem and is likely to miss out in Belgium’s biggest game so far.
Roberto Mancini’s team were less emphatic in their round of sixteen win over Austria, requiring added time to beat their opponents 2-1. Italy clearly benefitted from their quality off the bench with Federico Chiesa scoring the first and Matteo Pessina the second. As the competition continues fatigue will undoubtedly start to play a role and a well-balanced squad will be all the more valuable.
Belgium may currently be rated as the best team in the world according to FIFA rankings however they are yet to win a major tournament. Whilst many players in the squad are used to winning major honours at a club level they are yet to prove themselves internationally and the weight of expectation has proven too much at times.
For Italy expecatations are limited as despite impressing so far in the tournament the squad is far from the level of the 2008 World Cup winners. This has allowed Italy to play more attacking, open football than some would have expected, but, ahead of Friday’s game, it has played to their advantage.
Italy to win and both teams to score at 5.00
Belgium have plenty of attacking talent but have looked vulnerable at the back. Italy, meanwhile, have been dogged and could come from behind.
Under 2.5 goals at 1.60
Both teams avoided taking major risks in the last round and are expected to be similarly cautious on Friday. While there is a lot of attacking talent on the pitch, neither coach will throw caution to the wind too soon.