Belgium and Italy are facing off at Allianz Arena in the Quarterfinals of the Euro Cup 2021. After winning their group, Belgium was facing Portugal in the Round of 16, and they were successful, but the price to pay was high. Italy is still going strong, but it took overtime for them to beat Austria in the Round of 16, and they have conceded a goal for the first time after 10 games.
Belgium is one of the best teams in the world, they are on a 5-game winning streak, and they have knocked out Portugal in the Round of 16. Belgium has had 43% of ball possession in that game, 1 shot on goal, 0 corner kicks, and 83% of the correct passes. This wasn’t the best game we have seen from Belgium in the attacking end, but they did lose De Bruyne because of an injury, but Belgium was defending really well, they have scored 1 goal in the first half, and missed some great chances in the second half. Belgium has won that match 1-0. De Bruyne should be ready for this game, Hazard is still questionable, but it doesn’t look well, while Castagne and Chadli are injured. Lukaku has scored 3 goals for Belgium so far in this tournament, while Hazard added 2 goals. De Bruyne and Meunier added 2 assists each. Belgium looks mature in this tournament, but they need to use more of their chances otherwise it might cost them in this game.
At the moment, Italy is the best team in the world, and they are undefeated in their last 31 games. Italy is also on a 12-game winning streak. So far in this tournament, Italy has scored impressive 9 goals in 4 games while conceding only 1, and they are the favorites to win it all. In their last match, Italy was playing against Austria, and they were the better team with 52% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. After the regular time ended in a 0-0 draw, Italy was the better team in the overtime, and they have scored 2 goals. Austria was able to cut that lead in half, but Italy has still won 2-1. Immobile, Locatelli, and Pessina have each scored 2 goals for Italy so far, while Immobile also added an assist. The biggest news for Italy is that Chiellini should be ready for this game, and that will be a huge boost for their defense. Florenzi is still questionable. I gotta say, I’m highly impressed with this Italian team, and I can see why they are the top favorites to win this tournament.
Both teams are on winning streaks, and both teams are in fantastic form. This is the best matchup of the entire Round of 16, and it will be a great one. I was looking at the over for both teams in the Round of 16, and both games went under, but I don’t think that will be the case here. I think this will be an open game, and I see goals on both sides.