Belgium vs Italy promises to be an exciting first quarterfinal at Euro 20. Check out our important information, trends, analysis, and free Belgium Vs Italy tips.
When is Belgium vs Italy?
Belgium and Italy play each other in the first quarterfinal at Euro 20 on Friday 2 July. The match kicks off at 20.00.
Where Can I Watch Belgium vs Italy?
If you’re living in the UK, you can watch Belgium vs Italy on BBC1. The match is also being shown on many other popular channels around the world.
Where Is Belgium vs Italy Being Played?
Belgium vs Italy is being played at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.
Who Is The Favourite To Win The Belgium vs Italy Match?
The bookmakers were quick to make Italy the favourite for their quarterfinal with Belgium, and 13/10 is the best price you’re likely to get about a win for the Azzurri. But that price quickly contracted with many firms after injury rumours, and the Italians are as short as 6/5 in places to win in normal time.
The draw at full-time is the second favourite, with 11/5 available in a few places. Belgium quickly drifted to 12/5 with most bookmakers, but the Rode Duivels (Red Devils) are as big as 5/2 in a place or two.
Italy have already been taken to extra time in the round-of-16, and you can have 4/6 for them to qualify by winning the match at any time. Belgium are 13/10 to progress to the semi-finals by winning at any time.
Belgium dominated their Euro 20 group with three victories against Russia, Finland, and Denmark. Only Denmark managed to score a goal, and that form has been boosted since with Denmark sticking four goals past Wales on their way to booking a spot in the quarterfinals.
Belgium did look vulnerable in their last-16 match against Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo tried to steer his side to an equaliser, but the Belgian defence kept another clean sheet in disposing of the reigning champions.
In the lead up to Euro 20, were unbeaten in their last nine games, including wins over England, Croatia, Denmark, England, and Wales.
After their extra-time win over Austria, Italy is now unbeaten in 30 games. They failed to extend their run of 11 clean sheets against Austria, but rarely looked like conceding a goal against Wales, Turkey, or Switzerland in the group stage.
However, Italy have faced few top-class opponents in recent times, with The Netherlands being the only team of any note they’ve beaten.
Belgium vs Italy Head-To-Heads
Belgium and Italy have played each other 22 times since 1913, with the Italian winning 14 matches, four draws, and four wins for Belgium. Only six of those matches weren’t friendlies, with Italy winning their last match 2-0 at Euro 2016. Belgium won the 2015 friendly between the two sides 3-1.
What Number Are Belgium Ranked By FIFA?
Belgium is officially ranked as the world’s number one best football team by FIFA, with France second, Brazil third, and England fourth.
What Number Are Italy Ranked By FIFA?
Despite an unbeaten run of 30 matches, Italy is only currently ranked as the seventh best team by FIFA. As well as Belgium, France, Brazil, and England, the Italians are also ranked behind Portugal and Spain.
How Will Belgium And Italy Match Up?
Despite Belgium being the world number one and ranked six placed above Italy, the bookies have made the Italians the favourites to reach the semi-finals. Whether the Italians have made enough progress since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup to beat Belgium is open to debate, especially as the Belgians were good enough to finish third at the World Cup, where they twice beat England.
Clean sheets have been important to both managers in recent times and both teams are sure to set up a strong defensive line-up that will be protected further by defensive midfielders and world-class goalkeepers. Both teams will then rely on their attacking midfielders and strikers to carve out openings in what could be a cautious affair unless one team breaks the deadlock early.
But Belgium may struggle to dominate as much possession as they normally do, if the early rumours that Eden Hazard and Kevin Du Bruyne miss the match through injury. That may mean that Belgium relies heavily on their defence and play in hope that Romelu Lukaku can muscle his way onto the scoresheet at the other end.
Belgium vs Italy Best Bets
A win for Belgium would have been a tempting bet at around 13/5, but the world’s number one team may struggle without Eden Hazard and Kevin Du Bruyne.
But with the odds about an Italian win already reflecting the absence of the Belgian’s creative duo, it’s difficult to recommend a bet in the outright market.
Both sides will be looking to avoid conceding early and it’s easy to see the early exchanges being cautious as both sides try to work out the others’ weaknesses. Belgian’s weakness is likely to be not having Hazard and Du Bruyne, two players that break with the ball from their own half with the ball and relieve pressure.
In the absence of Hazard and Du Bruyne, Italy may grow in confidence and the Belgian’s defence may be under siege towards the end of the first half, with Italy fancied to sneak a goal before the break.
The Italians aren’t a team that looks to push home their advantage too early and they’ll probably sit on their lead, inviting Belgium to push forward in search of an equalizer. But Belgium may lack the creativeness needs to breakdown an Italian defence that has conceded once in 12 matches.
When pushing for a goal, Belgium will have to leave holes at the back, and Italy can exploit those to run out 2-0 winners on their way to the semi-finals. A 2-0 Italy win is available at 10/1 with several bookmakers.
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