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Prediction: Italy vs Austria

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 24 Jun 2021

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Prediction: Italy win

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: 888sport

The group stage of UEFA Euro 2020 is officially in the books and now, we can focus our attention on the knockouts. We begin our journey with the Round of 16 and while there are plenty of standout games to discuss, we’re going to focus our energy on Italy vs Austria. The Azzurri have been on fire up to this point whereas the Austrians have a few tricks up their sleeve that could turn this into quite a shootout, with a place in the last eight being on the line.

Italy

In the blink of an eye, Italy have emerged alongside the Netherlands and Belgium as the only teams with any major momentum heading into the next round. They were considered to be dark horses before a ball was kicked but now, they’ve been able to reach that next level – to the point where many fans can’t stop talking about them. They know how to perform on the big stage as we’ve seen in Group A, and they shouldn’t have any difficulty in carrying that mentality over into this game.

Team News

Florenzi and Chiellini are both fitness doubts with the latter suffering from a hamstring injury, potentially opening up the door for Bastoni or Acerbi to feature. Elsewhere, Pellegrini is the only confirmed injury absence for this one.

Austria

Off the back of a solid group stage performance, Austria will know that they’re in the land of the giants now. They aren’t expected to progress here but, in itself, reaching this point is a huge testament to how they’ve improved in the last few years. Whether or not they can push forward and qualify for the World Cup in 2022 is another matter but one thing is for sure – they aren’t going to sit back and allow the favourites to run through them.

Team News

Austria are expected to continue with a back four to allow Alaba the time and space he needs to thrive at full back. Laimer and Baumgartner are both fitnes concerns after they came off against Ukraine but aside from that, they’ll be at full strength.

Factors to Consider

  • Italy are now priced as one of the leading favourites to win Euro 2020.
  • Italy won all three of their group stage games.
  • Austria won two and lost one of their group stage games.
  • Italy have scored seven goals and conceded zero at Euro 2020.
  • Austria have scored four goals and conceded three in their last six games.

Conclusion

Austria have looked good in this tournament but we just can’t picture any scenario in which they overcome the Italians here. Roberto Mancini has got them playing some excellent football and while you never know what can happen in knockout football, they’ve just got too many options to fall back on. They probably aren’t going to completely blow them out of the water, but we also don’t think Italy will have to get out of first gear en-route to the quarter-finals.

Prediction: Italy win

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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