Two European heavyweights go toe-to-toe as Italy takes on Belgium at the Allianz Arena in Munich. This is a clash between two titans riding a huge wave of momentum after winning all contests in the early stages of the tournament. Belgium sent home the reigning European champions, Portugal, in the Round of 16 in a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to Thorgan Hazard who found the back of the net in the 42nd minute.
It was the only goal they needed to head on to the next stage of the UEFA EURO 2020 quarterfinal. On the other hand, the Italians had to thread the needle against Austria. They escaped with a 2-1 win courtesy of a 95th minute and 105th-minute goal by Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina, respectively.
Now that both teams have gotten past the first stage of knockouts, NitroBetting takes a look at their quarterfinal journey in this Belgium vs. Italy preview. Get a good look at the event’s details, latest soccer odds, timely betting trends, and expert betting predictions. Be sure to check out for this and more sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook!
Belgium vs. Italy 2020 UEFA Euro Game Info
- When: Friday, July 2, 2021, 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
- TV: ESPN+, TUDN, Univision
- Radio: BBC Radio
- Live Stream: UEFA.tv
- Champions League Odds Odds: Belgium +235 / +0.25 (-123) / Over 2.5 (+138) | Italy +126 / -0.25 (+101) / Under 2.5 (-175) | Draw +205
Why is Belgium a safe bet to win?
The Belgians were put to the test in their previous game against Portugal, where they only recorded 1 shot on target and 6 shots in total. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo and company controlled the game with 58% possession, 23 shots, and 4 shots on target. De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were nowhere to be found late into the game.
They could have secured the lead further with another goal if it weren’t for several mistakes made by Thorgan Hazard, but the rest of the team did enough to pull them out of the rut.
Overall, Belgium had a relatively easier path to the knockout stages. They were only under pressure in the round of 16 and had to cope with Portugal’s very physical style of play. This means that the Red Devil’s winning streak is extended to 13 games with another clean sheet added to their UEFA EURO 2020 record. They are expected to have a slight advantage as they face the Italians on Friday night.
- T. Hazard
- E. Hazard/Mertens
- Carrasco/De Bruyne
Why is Italy a safe bet to win?
Italy started the knockout stage in an underwhelming fashion following a 2-1 victory over Austria. Roberto Mancini had to go through overtime to make their way to the quarterfinal. While they dominated the game in shots and shots on target with 27 and 6, respectively, possession was almost an even 50-50. Both of their goals came in extra time while the Austrians were close to tying the game after Sasa Kalajdzic sneaked one in at the 114th minute.
The Gli Azzurri are now on a hot streak with a 31-match unbeaten streak. They boast solid defensive measures that allowed the team to maintain clean sheets in the last 11 games. The team was built from scratch and boasts a no-frills attitude.
Even though they faced several problems while playing Austria, the team did not show signs of fatigue or lose its composure. The team confidently made their way to the win. Moreover, the promising youngsters ensure that Italy’s national football team is in good hands.
- Di Lorenzo
Belgium vs. Italy 2020 UEFA Euro Betting Trends
- Belgium conceded 1 goal in their last 4 matches.
- Belgium scored 8 goals in their last 4 matches.
- Belgium is 7-3-0 in their last 10 matches.
- Italy conceded 1 goal in their last 4 matches.
- Italy scored 9 goals in their last 4 matches.
- Italy is 10-0-0 in their last 10 matches.
Belgium vs. Italy Betting Prediction
At the moment, the Belgians might have slightly better chances of winning the game. But this time around, they are playing a team of the same caliber and can easily snatch the win if they put their guard down.
If Belgium can maintain consistency in the front line, with Romelu Lukaky leading the charge, there’s a good chance that they penetrate the ironclad Italian defense. However, the well-sorted squad of Italy should never be overlooked. Looking at their form alone, the gap between the two teams is as narrow as it can get.
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