In an exciting match in the quarter-finals of the European Cup in 2021, this is the world’s number one team (Belgium) against the world’s hottest men’s national team (Italy).
The Italians set a record of 31 unbeaten games in team history. After easily qualifying in the group stage, they overcame the most severe test of the round of 16 against Austria. The Azzurri proved that they can win in their own way when their usual smooth offense is without clicks.
Although Italy performed well, Belgium will feel the pressure to perform well in the final game for its so-called golden generation players. But for Belgium, things are not easy. Belgium found a way to beat defending champion Portugal 1-0 in the 16 rounds.
How to watch Italy vs. Belgium
- date: Friday, July 2
- time: 3 p.m. EST
- TV channel: ESPN
- stream media: Fubo TV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
ESPN will play in English.Fans can also live stream fuboTV offers a 7-day free trialIt will be broadcast in Spanish on Univision’s PrendeTV.
De Bruyne, is Belgium dangerous?
Belgian coach Roberto Martinez did not provide any hints about the situation of his two injured stars De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, who were hit in the game against Portugal. The Belgian report predicts that De Bruyne will be able to play even if he is not 100% healthy with an ankle injury.
Hazard, who has been plagued by injuries for most of the past few seasons, is not expected to play. Dries Mertens or Yannick Carrasco will take his place.
The Italian will have a full starting lineup, including Giorgio Chiellini, who will play Romelu Lukaku. It is expected that they will also have home court advantage, and 10,000 Italians will head to Munich, Germany.
Italy-Belgium expected lineup
Italy (4-3-3, from left to right): Donnarumma-Spinazzola, Chiellini, Bonucci, Di Lorenzo-Villati, Jorginho, Barrera, Insigne, Immobile, church
Belgium (5-2-3, from left to right): Courtois-T. Hazard, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Aldervereld, Mounier-Witsel, Thielemans-Carrasco, Lukaku, Germany Brauner
Italy vs. Belgium: odds and predictions
Belgium has been fighting against the best teams (Denmark and Portugal) it has encountered in this game, and you can say that it is lucky according to statistics: 8 goals translates to 4.3 expected goals per FBref ball.
This is also a team that relies heavily on Lukaku’s goals and De Bruyne’s offensive thinking. If De Bruyne is severely blocked by injury, and Italy can suppress Lukaku like other forwards in this game (with only one goal conceded), then the Italian has a great chance of qualifying.
Italy will create opportunities: the Azzurri have more than 1.5 expected goals in all four games. The one-on-one ability of their players and their tendency to advance and combine on offense means that Italy can solve the most difficult defensive settings and cause damage in the opponent’s penalty zone. In addition, Belgium’s old defender line is considered the team’s weakest point, although so far the Red Devils have not paid the price during the game.
Belgium encountered the wrong team at the wrong time. It’s one thing to defeat a Portuguese team with chaotic offensive moves. Italy will have a clearer idea and should find ways to break through. Belgium is not suitable for chasing.
In view of this setting, the Italian -0.25 Asian market is very attractive in this situation and provides good risk/reward recommendations.
prophecy: Italy 2, Belgium 0
Odds provided by DraftKings
- Belgium wins (90 minutes): +240
- Belgium advances: +135
- Lucky draw (90 minutes): +210
- Italy wins (90 minutes): +135
- Italy advances: -159
- Italy has scored more than 1.5 goals: +160
- Italy scored first and won: +160
- Italy -0.25 Asian Handicap: -103