Belgium’s road to Wembley seems to be more bumpy than their contenders. After beating Portugal in the round of 16, another giant awaits Kevin de Bruyne and Co. This is not only a real test for De Rode Duivels but also Gli Azzurri. Their seemingly easy game in the previous stage turned out to be quite a challenge. This mouthwatering match will be staged in Munich.
Both teams’ previous games
De Rode Duivels were forced to stay at the backline most of the time during the clash against Portugal in the previous outing. Nevertheless, they could snatch a win through a single goal by Thorgan Hazard. It was his second goal of the tournament. CR7 and Co were knocking on the doors but eventually unable to break the deadlock.
Meanwhile, Italy surprisingly was struggling while meeting Austria in the round of 16. Mancini’s men had to wait till the extra time to score. The scorer came from the bench. Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina managed to find the back of the net. Franco Foda’s side could only reply once through Sasha Kaladjzic’s header. Gli Azzuri was quite lucky as Marko Arnautovic’s goal was disallowed before they could break the deadlock.
Roberto Martinez is dealing with the possible crisis on the attack as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne plus Timothy Castagne are doubtful to be available due to their injury. Thus, in his 3-4-3 formation, Romelu Lukaku will be accompanied by Thorgan Hazard and Dries Mertens or Leandro Trossard upfront. In the midfield, Tielemans will still be paired up with Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Munier are operating outwide.
His counterpart, Roberto Mancini still opts for 4-3-3. Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile remains the key man upfront in the starting XI. Juventus man Federico Chiesa is more likely to get a nod to play alongside them than Domenico Berardi. There are some names who are still on the sideline for this fixture such as Alessandro Florenzi, Giorgio Chiellini. Giovani De Lorenzo and Francesco Acerbi will be deputised to cover them.
Players to watch
Romelu Lukaku is the main scorer of the team with three goals in the tournment. Some other notable names to watch are Dortmund versatile winger Thorgan Hazard who has netted twice so far plus made one assist, Youri Tielemans and the goalkeeper Thibault Cortois.
In Italy, Ciro Immobile still remains the main forward with two goals and one assist. Some other names who can be relied on to make the difference are Federico Chiesa, Matteo Pessina and Marco Verratti.
Belgium vs Italy Prediction
De Rode Duivels are likely to go through another tight affair here. Both sides have only conceded one so far. Therefore, it would be interesting to see how they could capitalise the decent chances or bury them. There will be a tight battle in the midfield and the game could end it in a tie till the penalties.
In this encounter, Italy seems to be backed to win at 6/4 whereas Romelu Lukaku and Co’s win market is at 12/5. The odds for a draw result are at the value of 23/10.