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Euro 2020: Belgium vs Italy preview, team news, prediction and tips
July 1
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Belgium and Italy will face off in the Euro 2020 quarter-final at the Allianz Arena on Friday. The kick-off is at 21:00 CEST.

Preview

After finishing top of the Group B, beating Russia, Denmark and Finland in the process, Belgium went on to confirm their status as one of the favourites of this summer's European Championship by defeating the reining title holders Portugal 1-0 in the last-16 round on Sunday. That was Thorgan Hazard who secured Roberto Martinez's men their spot in the quarter-final with a joy-to-watch long-range striker on that night in Seville.

Italy, for their part, also topped their Euro group by defeating Turkey, Switzerland and Wales while conceding as few as zero goals. Roberto Mancini's side, on the other hand, were forced to play additional 30 minutes after drawing stubborn Austria 0-0 in normal time of their last-16 round clash over the weekend. Still, the Azzurri managed to make it to the last-8 stage thanks to extra-time goals from Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina (2-1).

Team news

Even though Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne limped off the pitch in the Portugal win, both Belgian stars are set to start in Munich. Simon Mignolet and Timothy Castagne, meanwhile, withdrew from the Belgium squad earlier through respective injury woes. Italy's Alessandro Florenzi hasn't featured at the tournament due to a calf problem while their captain Giorgio Chiellini sat out the Austria win with a muscle issue. The latter is expected to return to the starting XI on Friday.

Prediction

Both sides have some incredible record to boast ahead of their decisive head-to-head meeting as Italy are now on a 31-match unbeaten run across all competitions while Belgium have found the back of the net in each of their last 34 fixtures, while claiming 23 victories in the previous 27 encounters. Sasa Kalajdzic's goal on Saturday, however, put an end to the Azzurri's 11-game clean-sheet streak and we do expect Martinez's men to do the same in the opening 90 minutes at the Allianz Arena. Belgium's back-three of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen, meanwhile, have a combined age of 101 years of old so it also wouldn't be a huge surprise if Italy manage to fire the ball past Thibaut Courtois at least once in Munich.

Tip

Both teams to score at 2.1 with 1XBET.


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