Belgium vs Italy by Rahul

Belgium
VS
Italy
Belgium come into this tournament as one of the dark-horses of the tournament according to many, and will have to work hard dot justify all the hype behind them. While many of their players have struggled at club level to find their shooting boots in Hazard, Lukaku, Benteke, De Bruyne, Origi; as a team they have still managed to get the ball in the back of the net. Belgium have now scored goals in 11 out of their last 12 games in all competitions. Defensively is where Belgium have been hit with captain Kompany, Lombaerts which forces international full backs in Vertonghen and Alderweireld to get back in the middle. Their recent 3 fixtures in warming up for this tournament saw them poor defensively conceding against Finland, Norway and Switzerland; not leave it confident at the back against an Italian team who are extremely efficient up front.

 

Italy come into this contest as one of the few unbeaten teams in qualifying and will be relying a lot on the defensive ability of their Juventus back 4 (Buffon, Barzagli, Chiellieni, Bonucci) to keep them in check while the remaining 7 players go attacking. Italy however, have struggled against teams with good offensive firepowers namely Germany, Italy, England, Croatia, Portugal and even their opponents tonight in Belgium. The 2 played each other in a friendly that saw Belgium win 3-1. Italian's bigger problem is their offensive end where they have netted in 19 out of 20 games, but are often struggling to find that reliable forward to deliver goals consistently. They can only rely on the forward runs of El Sharaawy, Pelle, Insigne and Immobile among their better players up front.

 

These 2 teams have met on 5 occasions in the last 20 years; with 4 out of them seeing both to score, including that most recent meeting in November 2015. Both teams will feel the pressure to play well and top the group, and I expect that along with some struggling defences to see Both Teams to score in this encounter between Belgium and Italy.

 

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Both Teams to Score Bet365 2.00 7 0-2 LOST (-7 units)
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