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Belgium and Italy meet in Friday's EURO 2020 quarterfinal. Soccer expert Graham Ruthven gives us his picks for the game

Belgium vs. Italy Prediction: EURO 2020 Odds & Picks

Belgium and Italy both possess the quality to go all the way at Euro 2020 and so this quarter-final clash could be one of the most memorable matches of the entire tournament. Not only that, these two sides have been among the most exciting and enthralling to watch over the last three weeks or so.

Indeed, Belgium have caught the eye with their rapid breaks in transition while Italy have impressed from the start with their high energy, high press approach. This encounter will see two high quality teams pitted directly against each other. Don’t miss it. Here are some tips and predictions for Belgium v Italy on Friday July 2.

Belgium vs. Italy Prediction

When: July 2

Where: Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)

Time: 3pm ET

Odds: Belgium +240, Draw +210, Italy +140 - View full odds for the game here. 

If Belgium’s major tournament credentials weren’t already underlined, they were with a 1-0 win over Portugal in the round of 16. Roberto Martinez’s side didn’t produce their best performance as they struggled to hold on to the ball in the second half, but they still had enough to eliminate the reigning European champions.

Martinez, however, will most likely have to cope without two of his best players for this quarter-final clash with Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard expected to be sidelined through injury. This could be critical for Belgium’s chance creation, especially against an opponent as well-drilled and organised as Italy.

Only England have a better defensive record than Italy at this stage of the tournament, conceding just once in four games. Austria, however, proved it is possible to score against Italy, ending an historic run of 10 successive clean sheets for the Azzurri. It’s possible the injury to Giorgio Chiellini has unsettled them somewhat.

Mancini must decide whether to stick with Domenico Berardi on the right wing or play Federico Chiesa from the start following his match-changing goal against Austria. The Italy boss also has a decision to make in the centre of the pitch - should Manuel Locatelli or Marco Verratti start alongside Nicolo Barella and Jorginho?

Whoever emerges from this quarter-final tie will be expected by many fans and pundits to go the distance at Euro 2020. While England are still lying in wait on the other side of the bracket, this final eight clash will very much feel like a final between two nations with the quality to match their ambition.

Belgium vs. Italy Predictions & Betting Picks

0.75u - Italy To Win To Nil @ +275

0.5u - Lorenzo Insigne First Goalscorer @ +800

Article Author


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


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