Ace Football previews the quarter-final tie between Belgium and Italy in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and predictions.
Belgium and Italy lock horns for a clash in the European Championship on Friday in Munich, Germany.
The Red Devils bring a ranking of number 1 in the FIFA world rankings to the table, thus indicating a close match against the 7th-placed Italy. They qualified for the quarter-finals by topping Group B with maximum points before beating defending champions Portugal 1-0 in the last-16.
Italy, on the other hand, needed two extra-time goals to overcome Austria 2-1 in their respective last-16 tie. Despite the struggles last time out, Roberto Mancini’s side have been good value for money. They’re unbeaten in their last 31 games and raring to spoil Belgium’s Euro 2020 title hopes.
Stats and Analysis
Belgium have been in superb form recently. Roberto Martinez’s side have banged in 26 goals in their previous 10 internationals across all competitions to create an average of 2.6 goals per game and have been solid in the defense as well. In fact, they’ve kept a clean sheet in 5 of these matches, conceding 6 goals which is an average of 0.6 per game.
Italy, meanwhile, are brimming with confidence with extraordinarily good stats from their last 10 internationals across all competitions. The Blues have managed a massive 2.8 goals a game, scoring 28 times while allowing a scarcely noticeable 1 goal against them. That is an impressively low 0.1 per game, with a clean sheet in 9 of the matches.
Stats and facts for Belgium and Italy.
Fun stats Belgium
- Belgium has won the last 14 matches in a row;
- Belgium has won the last 8 matches in a row at home;
- Belgium has won in the last 17 of 18 matches;
- Belgium has won in the last 11 of 12 matches at home.
Fun stats Italy
- Italy has won the last 14 matches in a row;
- Italy has won the last 6 matches in a row when playing away;
- Italy has won in the last 15 of 16 matches;
- Italy has won in the last 8 of 9 matches when playing away.
Red Devils chasing more wins.
Belgium keep brushing aside all resistance claiming yet another win to their collection last time out.
In their 3 latest outings, Roberto Martinez’s side won 2-1 against Denmark and went on to a 2-0 win against Finland. Their latest game produced a 1-0 win against Portugal.
Italians to continue fine goalscoring form.
Italy seem untouchable right now extending their winning run in their latest outing.
In their 3 latest outings, the Blues annihilated Switzerland in a 3-0 win and went on to a 1-0 win against Wales. Their latest game produced a 2-1 win against Austria.
Belgium v Italy Fixture History
When these two nations last faced off against each other, Italy ended up taking all 3 points in a 0-2 victory.
Belgium go into their upcoming match against Italy with a 1-0-3 record in recent meetings in the European Championship.
Belgium will hope Romelu Lukaku can find the back of the net once again. The striker is on 4 goals in their last 6 internationals and will hope to make the difference in this one.
Italy, on the other hand, will hope Matteo Pessina can find the back of the net for them. He is on 4 goals in their last 6 internationals.