Italy are looking to reaffirm their newfound status as one of the favourites to win Euro 2020 when they take on Austria in the last 16. The Azzurri have quickly become one of the most fancied sides in the competition following a barnstorming group stage showing, but Unsere Burschen will be no walkover at Wembley on Saturday night.
Where and when: Wembley Stadium – 26 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Italy vs. Austria: TBC
Last time: These countries last crossed paths in a friendly in 2008, with Italy coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in Nice.
Italy v Austria Predictions and Preview
Italy are unbeaten in their last 13 matches against Austria, a run which stretches all the way back to 1960. If the Azzurri can extend that sequence to 14 this weekend, they will find themselves in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.
The Italians are certainly the favourites in betting, priced at 7/12 in the latest odds for this game. Roberto Mancini’s side have built on their strong pre-tournament form to catapult themselves into the conversation surrounding who’s going to win this summer’s European Championship.
The Azzurri won all three of their group games, scoring three goals in a single match at the Euros in their first fixture against Turkey before repeating the trick in their second game against Switzerland. Mancini was able to ring the changes in their final group fixture against Wales, but Italy were still able to record their 11th straight victory.
The Azzurri haven’t conceded a goal during that run, which has taken them to 30 games unbeaten. The Italians have netted 32 goals across those 11 most recent matches, at an average of 2.9 per game. Eighteen of those have come in their five fixtures since May, encompassing their three Euro 2020 fixtures so far and their two warm-up friendlies.
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Italy to win 3-0
Italy to win to nil
Italy to win and over 2.5 goals
One goal was enough for Austria to seal a crucial victory over Ukraine in their final group game. Das Team also beat North Macedonia 3-1 in their opening match, with a somewhat expected 2-0 loss to the Netherlands coming in between.
The Austrians may have managed a run of six straight victories last year, but they’ve usually come unstuck against the best opposition of late. Indeed, they were outclassed 4-0 by Denmark in a World Cup qualifier in March, and lost 1-0 to England in a pre-Euro 2020 friendly. They also lost to Poland, Israel and Latvia in qualification for this tournament.
Franco Foda’s side are the 37/5 underdogs in these Italy v Austria predictions, with the draw priced at 3/1 with William Hill. That would take this last-16 tie to extra-time, with the potential for penalties. Italy are 1/4 to qualify for the quarter-finals via any method, with Austria available at 33/10 for the same bet.
One to watch for Italy: Ciro Immobile enjoyed a rest in the Azzurri’s final group game, so the Lazio forward should be nice and fresh for this one. He has scored on both of his outings so far and will be right in the running for the opener on Saturday night.
One to watch for Austria: Marko Arnautovic has managed one goal so far at Euro 2020, a late strike in Austria’s opener against North Macedonia. Unsere Burschen will need a good performance from the 32-year-old if they’re to break down this resolute Italian defence.
Long shot: Italy have kept 11 straight clean sheets coming into this game, scoring 32 goals across those fixtures. The Azzurri are 10/1 to win this game 3-0 as part of your Italy v Austria tips, with better odds on offer if you add Immobile as the first scorer.