Belgium vs Italy: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Euro 2020 has another big clash as Belgium and Italy meet in Munich the quarter-finals on Friday at 8pm (UK time).
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Belgium and Italy were two of the three teams to go perfect in the Euro 2020 group stages, but one of their journeys must end here. Belgium finished top of Group B, starting Euro 2020 with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Russia before securing qualification by beating Denmark 2-1, coming from behind. The perfect group stage was capped off by a 2-0 win over Finland, setting up a thrilling match against Portugal. One of a potential three big ties between Belgium and the final, Portugal were put away in a tight 1-0 victory, with Thorgan Hazard scoring the only goal.
Italy were in Group A and kicked off the tournament against Turkey all the way back on June 11th, winning 3-0 in Rome after an excellent opening ceremony. Another 3-0 win followed in Italy’s second game, this time with Switzerland the victims, before Wales fell 1-0 as the Azzurri took their foot off the gas having already secured qualification to the last-16. The first knockout round saw Italy up against Group C runners-up Austria, a game that finished goalless after 90 minutes. Federico Chiesa finally scored the opening goal five minutes into extra-time and Matteo Pessina wrapped up the victory, though there was still time for Marko Arnautovic to be the first player to score against Italy at Euro 2020.
Belgium vs Italy: Match Stats
Although Italy blew away their opponents in the opening two games of Euro 2020, the past two matches have shown them to slow down slightly. Excluding extra-time, they have managed just one goal in 180 minutes, while Belgium also struggled against better opposition last time out.
This game will be won on the defence, and although both sides have conceded just once in their four matches, Italy’s came in the final five minutes of extra-time against Austria, when the tie was all-but over. It may need extra-time, but the Azzurri are slight favourites.
Belgium vs Italy: Corner Stats
Belgium’s matches at Euro 2020 so far have been fairly even in terms of corners, with Roberto Martinez’s side taking 11 and conceding nine. The same cannot be said for Italy who have won 22 corners and conceded just eight.
Belgium vs Italy: Cards Stats
Neither Belgium nor Italy have been too dirty when it comes to bookings, with both sides picking up three yellow cards in their four games so far. However, their opponents have been on the receiving end of slightly more, with Belgium’s opposition shown six yellow cards and Italy’s nine, plus one red.
Belgium vs Italy: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Belgium 0-1 Italy
Belgium vs Italy: Odds
Belgium vs Italy: Head to Head
13 June 2016 – Belgium 0-2 Italy – Euro 2016
13 November 2015 – Belgium 3-1 Italy – Friendly
30 May 2008 – Italy 3-1 Belgium – Friendly
14 June 2000 – Belgium 0-2 Italy – Euro 2000
13 November 1999 – Italy 1-3 Belgium – Friendly
Games between Italy and Belgium don’t come around too often, with just 23 in total, and the most recent meeting happening five years ago at Euro 2016. Then, Italy won 2-0 in the group stages en route to the final, while they also managed another 2-0 victory in the groups at Euro 2000.