Two teams in great form come together in a mouthwatering Euro 2020 quarter-final, as Belgium play Italy at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Both countries have impressed so far this summer and will hope for another big performance under the Friday night lights.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 2 July, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Belgium vs. Italy: TBC
Last time: These countries last met in their opening match of Euro 2016. Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle got the goals as Italy won 2-0, with both teams going on to reach the last 16.
Belgium v Italy Predictions and Preview
Belgium have gone from strength to strength since the last European Championship, becoming the top-ranked team in the world in the process. Italy, on the other hand, have endured a tough time since Euro 2016, but they’ve come on strong over recent months and have catapulted themselves into contention this summer.
The previously free-scoring Azzurri may have needed extra-time to finally break down a resilient Austria in the round of 16, but Roberto Mancini’s side were superb through the group phase. The Italians beat Turkey and Switzerland 3-0 before seeing off Wales 1-0 in their final Group A fixture. All of those matches were at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but they won’t be able to enjoy home advantage in the knockout rounds.
Belgium haven’t benefited from playing on home soil at any point of this competition, but they needed little help to breeze through their group. De Rode Duivels also scored seven goals in their three games against Russia, Denmark and Finland, conceding just one at the other end.
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Italy to win 2-0
Italy to win to nil
Under 1.5 goals
Roberto Martinez’s side put in an impressive, experienced display in their last-16 tie, dumping defending champions Portugal out 1-0 courtesy of a Thorgan Hazard screamer and a resolute defensive display. However, that victory came at a cost, with key duo Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard both picking up injuries.
Hazard went off late on with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, which if confirmed will signal the end of his tournament. Losing their captain would be a huge blow for the Belgians ahead of this game, especially given his return to form, but the loss of De Bruyne would be even more damaging if his ankle injury turns out to be serious.
Italy, on the other hand, only have concerns over Alessandro Florenzi coming into this quarter-final. That helps the Azzurri start as the favourites in the betting, priced at 19/13 in your Belgium v Italy predictions. The Red Devils are 27/11, while you can back the draw at the end of normal time at 21/10 with William Hill.
That would take the game to extra-time with the potential for penalties. This tie is 9/2 to go all the way to a shootout. Italy are the 4/6 favourites to progress to the semis via any method, while you can back Belgium at 5/4 in the same market.
One to watch for Belgium: Romelu Lukaku has been excellent so far at the Euros, showing a work rate and desire which was often lacking during his ill-fated spell at Manchester United. The Inter striker has netted three times so far at Euro 2020, and is well worth a look in the fist scorer market for this game.
One to watch for Italy: Ciro Immobile has found the back of the net twice so far in this competition. The Lazio forward struck the woodwork with a stunner against Austria, and will also be in the running to break the deadlock on Friday night.
Long shot: Italy have won three of the last four meetings between these countries. Two of those games finished 2-0 to the Azzurri, with the same scoreline here priced at 11/1 in your Italy v Belgium tips for this weekend.