UEFA Euro 2020 Belgium vs Italy 2 JULY
Italy and Belgium were the only two teams that made it to the Euro 2020 group stage. But, one must end their journey here. Belgium won Group B with a 3-0 victory over Russia. Then, they beat Denmark 2-1 to secure qualification for Euro 2020.
A 2-0 win over Finland was the perfect cap to the group stage, setting up a thrilling match with Portugal. Portugal won in a close 1-0 win over Portugal, one of three potential big ties between Belgium, the final and Thorgan Hazard scoring the goal.
Italy was in Group A. They started the tournament against Turkey on June 11th. After a great opening ceremony, they won 3-0 in Rome. Italy won 3-0 against Switzerland in the second game. Wales lost 1-0 to Wales as the Azzurri regained control of the game after having already qualified for the last-16.
It was up against the Group C runners-up Austria in the knockout round. The game ended goalless after 90 minutes. Five minutes into extra time, Federico Chiesa scored the opening goal. Matteo Pessina won the game. However, Marko Arnautovic was still in the running to be the first to score against Italy at Euro 2020.
BELGIUM Vs ITALY: MATCH STATS
While Italy beat their opponents in the first two Euro 2020 games, they have been able to win the second two. They managed only one goal in 180 minutes without extra-time. Belgium was also struggling against stronger opposition last time.
This game is all about the defense. Both sides have only conceded once in their four matches. However, Italy’s win against Austria came in the final five minute of extra-time. The tie was almost over. Although it may take extra time, the Azzurri are slightly favourites.
BELGIUM Vs ITALY: CORNER STATS
The matches between Belgium and Euro 2020 have been quite even in terms of corners. Roberto Martinez’s side has won 11 corners while conceding 9. Italy, which has won 22 corners but conceded only eight, is not far behind.
BELGIUM Vs ITALY: CARDS STATS
Both Italy and Belgium have not been too dirty in terms of bookings. Each side has picked up three yellow cards so far. Their opponents received slightly more. Italy’s opponent was given six yellow cards while Italy’s were nine.
Pick & Analysis of Betting
Belgium will definitely be up against it, with Hazard and De Bruyne clearly not at 100% and the possibility that neither of them can go. The Belgians have suffered tremendously without Hazard and De Bruyne on the pitch. This will happen against an Italian team that is ready to dominate the middle.
Mancini’s team has been fantastic throughout the tournament. They have put in solid performances at both ends. Azzurri displayed some real grit in their win over Austria, which I believe is a positive sign for its battered foe.
I will eat some of this juice and return to Italy at -150 odds via BettMGM as the top selection. This number will likely balloon if Hazard or De Bruyne (or both) are ruled-out. I would therefore get this wager in as soon as possible at the lowest amount you can find.
You can also play a total if you want to take advantage of the fair -130 odds at draft Kings. This number is very attractive to me as I think the Italians can hit it on their own.
BELGIUM Vs ITALY: HEAD TO HEEAD
- 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
It’s rare to see games between Italy and Belgium. There have been 23 of these meetings, the last one being at Euro 2016. Italy won the group stages by 2-0, and they went on to win the final by 2-0. They also won the Euro 2000 groups with a 2-0 victory.