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Nations League: Italy vs Belgium preview, team news, prediction and tips
October 10
Football

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Italy and Belgium will go head-to-head in the 2020/21 Nations League match for the third place at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday. The kick-off is at 15:00 CEST.

Preview

Italy's 37-game unbeaten streak across all competitions was ended by Spain in the NL semi-final with Ferran Torres' brace kicking the Euro 2020 winners out of the competition despite Lorenzo Pellegrini's late strike at the Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday. It should be metioned that Leonardo Bonucci's first-half sending-off played a huge part in Gil Azzurri's loss but La Roja certainly deserved to gain revenge on Roberto Mancini's men for the semi-final penalty loss at this summer's European Championship to make it to make it to the 2020/21 Nations League final where they'll take on France.

As you might've guessed, Belgium were denied a chance to face Spain in the final by France despite leading 2-0 at the break in Thursday's clash at the Allianz Stadium courtesy of goals from Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku. Les Blues, however, managed to claim a spectacular 3-2 comeback victory against Roberto Martinez's side with Theo Hernandez securing his side a spot in the tournament's final in the 90th minute.

Team news

Bonucci won't feature for Italy this time around following his red card against Spain while Eden Hazard is unlikely to play on Sunday after picking up yet another injury against France.

Prediction

Both sides will be eager to make amends for the mid-week defeats in the semis and it does look like that Gil Azzurri will be the favourites in this encounter. It were Mancini's men who beat the Belgians in the Euro 2020 quarter-final in July and now would want to kick off their new unbeaten streak to secure the third-place medals in the NL. Martinez's side, for their part, are set to be without Eden Hazard this time around and we can't envisage them bouncing back from the France embarrassment on Sunday..

Tip

Italy to win at 2.07 with 1XBET.


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