Italy go head to head with Austria at the Wembley Stadium for their EURO 2020 round of 16 match. Austria will be looking to cause a major upset against favorites Italy.
Italy are in excellent form and recent 1-0 victory against Wales saw them equal their longest ever unbeaten run of 30 games. They started their EURO 2020 campaign on a perfect note with goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne giving them 3-0 victory over Turkey. They continued their fine form with a 3-0 win over Switzerland with a brace from Manuel Locatelli and Immobile scoring once again. Italy beat Wales 1-0 in their final group game. Matteo Pessina scored the winner in a match they dominated with 69% possession and 23-3 shots. The Azurri will be looking to start strongly against an inconsistent Austria. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Alessandro Florenzi remain injured and out. Defender Giorgio Chellini is also out and Francesco Acerbi or Alessandro Bastoni should start next to Leonardo Bonucci in central defense. Midfielder Marco Verratti returned to the starting eleven against Wales and could start again. Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne look to lead the attacking line.
Austria started their Euro 2020 campaign perfectly with goals from Stefan Lainer, Michael Gregoritsch, and Marko Arnautovic to give them a 3-1 win against North Macedonia. Austria then suffered a 2-0 defeat against Netherlands. They managed to grab a 1-0 win over Ukraine. Christoph Baumgartner opened the scoring in the 21st minute and they did well to restrict Ukraine to just one shot on target. Daniel Bachman is set to begin in goal. Konrad Laimer and Christoph Baumgartner are doubtful after picking up knocks against Ukraine. David Alaba, Marcel Sabitzer, Marko Arnautović are all fit and available for selection.
Italy have won 24 of their last 27 matches and have won by 2+ goals in 10 of their last 11 matches. Roberto Mancini’s men have been solid defensively with keeping clean sheets in their last eleven matches. Austria have lost 3 of their last 6 matches and has also failed to score in 4 of their last 6 matches. Franco Foda’s side will have to improve defensively to stand a chance of keeping Italy out.
PREDICTION : ITALY WIN 2-0
SINGLE TIP : ITALY WIN AND OVER 1.5