Belgium vs Italy by Rahul
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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|Both Teams to Score||Bet365||2.00||7||0-2 LOST (-7 units)|