BEL vs ITA Dream11: Belgium will be back in action as they take on Italy for the much anticipated UEFA Euro 2020 Quarter Finals. Both sides were heavily touted as the favorites to win the tournament, but one of them will soon be on their way home. Belgium has won all their games in the ongoing campaign, and are on the back of a 1-0 win against Portugal in the Round of 16. It was a thunderous strike by Thorgan Hazard from outside the box which got the Red Devils through.
Just like Belgium, Roberto Mancini’s Italy has also won all their games in Euro 2020. However, they had to work extra hard in the Round of 16 against Austria as the game went to extra time. However, goals from substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina proved to be enough for the Azzuri. With both Belgium and Italy having star players up their ranks, we can expect the game to be an intriguing affair.
Date: July 2, Saturday
Kick-Off: 12:30 am (ist)
Venue: Allianz Arena
The match will be broadcasted live on Sony Sports, and can be streamed live on Sony Live.
Head to Head
From the last five meetings between the two sides, it’s Italy who has had the upper hand with four wins, in contrast to Belgium’s one win.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Timothy Castagne is ruled out due to an injury, while, Kevin De Bruyne, and Eden Hazard are also in doubt to start.
Expected Changes and Strategy: T Courtois should be starting in at goal, while, J Vertonghen, T Vermelen and T Alderweireld are likely to start in defence. T Hazard, A Witsel and Y Tielemans could occupy the midfield region. Y Carrasco, D Mertens and R Lukaku are expected to lead the attack up top.
Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen; Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Thomas Meunier; Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku
Injury Report and Unavailability: Lorenzo Pellegrini is on the sidelines due to an injury. Alssndro Florenzi is in doubt to start as well.
Expected Changes and Strategy: G Donnarumma should be starting in at goal, while, L Spinazola, G Chiellini, L Bouncci and G Di Lorenzo could line up in defence. Jorginho, M Locatelli and N Barelli are expected to feature in midfield. D Berardi, L Insigne and C Immobile should be leding the line of attack.
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Leonardo Spinazzola, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Giovanni Di Lorenzo; Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Nicolo Barella; Domenico Berardi, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile
Romelu Lukaku can pack a punch in the final third region for Belgium. Lukaku has bagged three goals from four appearances. The odds in favor of Lukaku to score a goal for Belgium are 9/2.
Ciro Immobile can pack a punch in the forward line, as he has two goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 83% from the three appearances. The odds in favor of Immobile to score a goal for Italy are 23/4.
Thorgan Hazard has impressed for Belgium as well. The 28-year-old has two goals, and also has a pass accuracy of 87% from the three appearances.
Manuel Locatelli can play a pivotal role in the midfield region for Italy. Locatelli has registered two goals, and also has a pass accuracy of 89.5% from the three games.
GK: T Courtois
DEF: L Bonucci, F Acerbi, T Meunier
MID: Y Tielemans, T Hazard, Jorginho, M Locatelli
FOR: R Lukaku, L Insigne, C Immobile
Belgium are the number 1 ranked team in rightfully so. However, with Roberto Martinez likely to be without KDB and Eden Hazard, it might just complicate things for him. Italy, who are unbeaten in their last 16 matches in the European Championchip could take advantage, and will be heading in a favorites by 11/8 as pet bet365 and the BEL vs ITA Today Match Prediction Odds.