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Soccer expert Graham Ruthven previews the Euro 2020 last 16 clash between Italy and Austria

Italy vs. Austria Predictions: EURO 2020 Odds & Picks

Italy kicked off Euro 2020 with an impressive 3-0 win over Turkey on opening night and the Azzurri have yet to falter, claiming three straight wins to secure their place in the last 16. Indeed, Roberto Mancini’s team will take some beating such is the strength of the performances they have produced at the tournament so far.

Austria’s brief in their round of 16 tie will be to stifle Italy’s fluid attack and energetic midfield as best they can. Franco Foda has faced criticism for some of the decisions made at Euro 2020. There will be no margin for error at Wembley, though. Austria will need to be in top form to stand any chance of making the quarter finals. Here are some predictions and picks for Italy v Austria on Saturday June 26.

Italy vs. Austria Predictions

Date: Saturday June 26

Time: 3pm ET

Latest odds: Italy -210, Draw +320, Austria +800

View the full Italy vs. Austria odds here.

No team at Euro 2020 has caught the eye quite like Italy. Mancini’s side are currently on a 30-match unbeaten run and have yet to concede a single goal at this tournament. In fact, the Azzurri have kept a clean sheet in six of the last seven European Championships matches (including qualifiers) they have played.

Mancini rotated his squad for the final Group A fixture against Wales, but the likes of Manuel Locatelli and Ciro Immobile will return to the team for this one. Marco Verratti could be in line to make his place in the team stick, though, with the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder slowly recovering full fitness.

Federico Chiesa played well in the win over Wales, but it’s likely Mancini will restore Domenico Berardi to his place on the right side. The Sassuolo winger is more erratic in his attacking output than Chiesa, but stretches the pitch and gives Italy an outlet at the byline. Berardi is important to the balance of the side.

Things clicked for Austria in their 1-0 win over Ukraine with David Alaba deployed in a wider position on the left side. From there the former Bayern Munich man was able to influence things higher up the pitch. The omens, however, are not great for Austria who haven’t managed to beat Italy in any of their last five meetings.

Christoph Baumgartner and Konrad Laimer are both injury doubts for Austria. The pair’s absence would deal a significant blow to the country’s hopes of matching Italy. Giorgio Chiellini and Alessandro Florenzi could also miss out, but Mancini has able deputies in the form of Alessandro Bastoni and Giovanni Di Lorenzo. This depth could prove to be another difference between the two sides.

Italy vs. Austria Predictions & Expert Picks

1u - Back Italy/Italy Half Time/Full Time @ +130

0.5u - Back Italy To Win By Two Goals @ +335

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Graham Ruthven is a soccer writer and tipster who has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Eurosport and others.


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