The Euro 2020 has been satiated with tales of the rise of minnows to glory and last minute twists, keeping us glued to the our seats through a rollercoaster ninety minutes, as we are left craving for more. With the round 16 ties now over, we will be having our eyes fixated on the remaining eight teams in the Quarter finals and eagerly wait for the four nations who will be earning their ticket to the semis.
In the second match of the Quarter finals, temper and sparks will be flying when two of the favourites of this year’s tournament will be going head to head. It is Italy taking on Belgium at the Allianz Arena in Munich, and is expected to be one of the live wire matches of this edition, with the winner guaranteed a ticket to the semis, the game is as critical as the final itself. Here are our Predictions for the tie.
Belgium vs Italy Match Details
Match: Belgium Vs Italy
Timings: 19:00 in UTC, 00:30 in IST, 21:00 CET
Date: 2nd July (CET and UTC), 3rd July (IST)
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich
Belgium Vs Italy Head to Head
Belgium and Italy have faced each other 22 times on previous occasions, with Italy having the clear upper hand winning 14 of them, while Belgium have won only 4 times and remaining 4 times have ended in draws. When the two teams last faced each other in the group stages of 2016 European Championships, Italy had came out with a dominating 2-0 victory.
Belgium vs Italy Prediction
Italy, one of the favourites to this edition of European Championships, have reached the knockouts stages without breaking much sweat. The Azzurris have maintained a perfect result in the group stages, winning all three of their games comfortably against Turkey, Switzerland and Wales and also conceded none in reply, becoming the first team in the history of the Euros to do so. However, they were pushed to their limits by a determined Austria in the round of 16, and had to struggle much to eke out a 2-1 win in the end, with Chiesa and Pessina scoring the all important goals in extra time, after the score remained 0-0 after normal time. Belgium would be the toughest of the lot the Italians have faced till now and definitely will not be easy for them.
Belgium, world’s top ranked team currently, were the only other team besides Italy to qualify for the knockouts by winning all group of their group games. The third placed team of 2018 World Cup, Belgium topped their group B with dominant displays against Russia Denmark and Finland. However, they encountered defending European Champions, Portugal in the round of 16, their toughest game yet in this edition of the Euros. Belgium somehow managed to come out unscathed against Portugal, who pushed them over the edge over the ninety minutes. Belgium were choked out in the second half and were hardly given any chance to dominate and play to their best, as Thorgan Hazard’ delightful strike made the only difference in the scoreline in their favour. Belgium will also be missing key players Eden Hazard and playmaker in chief Kevin De Bruyne to injury against the Italians, which would be a major blow for them.
Belgium Vs Italy Who Will Win Today’s Match
Italy have by far looked one of the better teams in the tournament, but they haven’t faced any formidable opponent yet, and were also made to toil by the Austrians. Belgium had a relatively tougher group and had to face Portugal in the pre Quarters, and have still managed to keep going in the Championships. Belgium will be coming with far more confidence and vigor following their win over the Defending Champions, but Italy will not be leaving it easy for the Belgians in this tough grind fixture. We are predicting a 2-1 win for Belgium, and the match may even go into extra time in search of the winner.
Final Prediction: Belgium 2-1 Italy