This is the clash of the Titans in Euro 2020, when the clash between the Red Devils and Azores took place in Munich.
Belgium and Italy competed in the second match of the two quarter-finals on Friday, as two of the tournament’s favorite players are vying for a place in the last four.
The Red Devils will be on a high ride after finishing Portugal, but they will now have to test themselves against an Italian team that was installed as the Buckeyes’ favorite after a flawless group stage campaign.
Italy did not have their own way against Austria in the round of 16, but the tie was taken for extra time, but will they have enough to overcome a part of Belgium that has suffered a number of injuries? Had to deal with concerns? Competition?
Belgium v Italy: Team News
Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard were both injured against Portugal, although their problems were not as severe as previously feared, and the pair are in dispute.
However, considering De Bruyne is nursing ankle sprains and Hazard has a muscle problem, it remains to be seen if they will be used from afar.
Fourth-choice goalkeeper Thomas Kamenski has been named in the squad to replace Simon Magnolts, while Timothy Caston is absent due to a facial injury.
Italy may have to wait anxiously to see if Giorgio Chiellini can recover from a thigh injury, while Alessandro Florenzi is also in doubt. Giovanni de Lorenzo may continue to represent Florence on the right.
The likes of Matteo Pesina, Federico Chesia and Manuel Lucatelli can be expected to be forced into the first team for their recent performances.
Belgium v Italy: Key Facts and Statistics
Italy and Belgium met in the last four major competitions met 2016 as recently as met. Met met, but never before in a knockout game.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, they have a poor record against their opponents on Friday, and have never beaten Italy in a major tournament setting.
It is a bone in which Italy will expand, while Belgium have never played against an opponent five times without a win.
Roberto Martinez’s side are in terrible form, however, they have won seven of their last eight matches at the Euros. Wales’ 3-1 defeat five years ago is the only exception.
He will end his career against a formidable Italian defender who has scored just 13 goals in his last 18 games, registering eight clean sheets in the process.
Four of those goals came in the 2012 final against Spain.
Belgium v Italy: Predictions
Although Belgium have big names, it remains to be seen how many of them will be on the pitch, and who will be in a satisfactory position to thwart this flawed Italian defense.
De Bruyne and Hazard are a cause for concern, although in Romelu Lukaku, Belgium have the honor of winning the match, while behind them are three veterans – Toby Elder Werld, John Vertonghen and Thomas Vermeulen – naked to neutralize the Italians. And they are deceivers.
Don’t be surprised if Martinez gets another over over his old Nemesis Roberto Mancini, as he did in the Wagon Athletic’s 2013 FA Cup final against Manchester City.
Forecast: Belgium 1-0 Italy