Italy will look to continue their perfect start to Euro 2020 when they take on Austria in the round-of-16 on Saturday at 8pm (UK time).
Roberto Mancini’s side topped their group while Austria finished second in Group C, with either Portugal or Belgium awaiting the winner in the quarter-finals.
Where to watch Italy vs Austria on TV:
- UK: BBC One
- US: ESPN3
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Scoreline prediction: Italy 2-0 Austria
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Italy vs Austria build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Italy have established themselves as one of the favourites to go all the way at Euro 2020 after cruising through the group stages. Placed in Group A alongside Turkey, Switzerland and Wales, Italy won all three of their matches, scoring seven and keeping three clean sheets. Turkey and Switzerland were both brushed aside in 3-0 victories while Wales restricted Italy to a 1-0 win, though qualification had already been secured. Italy go into this game on their best ever unbeaten run, without defeat in 30 matches now, just five from the all-time record in men’s international football.
Looking to bring Italy’s run to an end and advance the quarter-finals themselves are Austria, who finished second in Group C, behind only the Netherlands. Franco Foda’s men beat North Macedonia and Ukraine in their group, either side of a defeat to the Netherlands, with the victory over Ukraine coming on the final day – a straight shootout for second place. This is the first time Austria have made it out of the groups at a European Championships, in their third appearance at the tournament.
- Italy (vs Wales): Donnarumma; Toloi, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson; Pessina, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Belotti, Bernardeschi.
- Austria (vs Ukraine): Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger*, Alaba; Schlager, Grillitsch; Laimer, Sabitzer, Baumgartner*; Arnautovic.
Christoph Baumgartner suffered a head injury against Ukraine and is a doubt for Austria as is Martin Hinteregger, but Italy have no fresh concerns and will be hoping to call upon Giorgio Chiellini after injury.
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Players to watch:
Italy: Not conceding in three games at Euro 2020 is impressive enough on his own, but Italy have gone a lot further than that. Mancini’s men have now kept a clean sheet in each of their last 11 matches across all competitions, going 1,055 minutes without conceding since Donny van de Beek netted for Netherlands vs Italy last October.
Part of that excellent defence has been defender Leonardo Bonucci, who has ensured goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has only needed to make two saves so far. The Juventus centre-back has been his usual excellent self, as Austria forward Marko Arnautovic praised Bonucci, and Chiellini, for a partnership he will be looking to break this weekend.
“What Chiellini and Bonucci achieved together and how long they’ve been playing as a unit is incredible,” he said. Can Bonucci help Italy keep another clean sheet?
Austria: One of the men that Austria will be relying on to breach Italy back line is David Alaba (if he plays at left-back). The new Real Madrid man has made a name for himself for his versatility, and quality wherever he plays, and after being an attacking man for Austria he reverted to centre-back for the Euros.
Despite playing two matches at centre-back, Alaba has created nine chances at Euro 2020 so far, the joint-highest at the tournament. Four of those chances did come in the final group stage game against Ukraine, when Alaba was given more attacking freedom as left-back in a back four. Whether he continues there or plays centre-back in a back three, you can expect Alaba to be testing Bonucci and co.