Italy vs. Austria
June 26, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +110, Under 2.5 -138
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Italy and Austria are meeting at Wembley Stadium in the Round of 16 in the Euro Cup 2021. Italy has shown the most so far in the Euro Cup, and they have advanced to the next stage with 3 wins and without a conceded goal. Austria was solid so far in this tournament, and with 2 wins, 1 loss, 4 scored goals, and 3 conceded goals, Austria has qualified for this stage from 2nd place.
Italy was dominant in their group in the Euro Cup, and not only they have won all 3 of their games, but they also haven’t conceded a goal. Italy is now on an 11-game winning streak during which they haven’t conceded a single goal, and that is an absolutely fantastic accomplishment. Immobile and Locatelli have each scored 2 goals for Italy so far in this tournament, while Insigne and Pessina added 1 goal each. There are no injuries for Italy, but Florenzi and Chiellini are still questionable. Italy has also lost the home-field advantage, but they are a fantastic team that quickly became one of the top favorites to win this tournament. Italy has everything, the defense, excellent midfield, explosive offense, and a great goalkeeper. In all of their games Italy was dominant, they created a ton of chances, and they could have even scored a lot more goals than they did, but the fun part of this tournament is just starting, and Italy has something to say here.
Before the last round, Austria was in 3rd place in their group, and bookies were favoring a draw in their last game against Ukraine, but Austria has won that match, and they have advanced from 2nd place. In that game against Ukraine, Austria has had 50% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. This wasn’t a very exciting game, but Austria was the better team here, and they have scored a goal in the 21st minute. The final score of this match 0-1. Arnautovic, Gregoritsch, Lainer, and Baumgartner have each scored 1 goal for Austria, while Alaba added 2 assists. Lazaro is the only injured player for Austria, and he will miss this game. It was a solid tournament for Austria so far, but they are now facing the hardest opponent they could have gotten in this Round of 16. Austria has some good players, strong strikers, but I think their game is not good enough, and not efficient enough to get further than this stage.
It’s been a while since these two teams have played against each other, but it doesn’t matter. Italy is the favorite here, and understandably so. Austria might score a goal here and end Italy’s streak without a conceded goal, but I see Italy winning this match and getting to the quarterfinals.