Kick off: Monday, 13 June @20:00 GMT
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyon (Decines-Charpieu)
Head to Head Record
Belgium vs Italy 3-1 (2015 Friendly International)
Italy vs Belgium 3-1 (Euro 2000)
Italy vs Belgium 1-3 (1999 Friendly International)
Italy vs Belgium 2-2 (1996 Friendly International)
Italy vs Belgium 0-0 (1991 Friendly International)
Belgium vs Italy Team News
Vincent Kompany has been ruled out earlier with injury, with Nicolas Lombaerts failing to make the final roster as well. Thomas Meunier is not yet fully fit and he is unlikely to be risked against Italy. Yannick Carrasco has been struggling with a minor injury as well and he is unlikely to play against the Azzurri. Radja Nainggolan and Moussa Dembele should be ok for the Euro 2016 opener.
Injured: Vincent Kompany (70/4), Nicolas Lombaerts (39/3)
Doubtful: Thomas Meunier (5/0), Yannick Carrasco (4/0)
Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco were left out of Italy Euro 2016 squad, while the likes Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi made the cut. Daniele De Rossi has overcome his injury, the Roma midfielder scored against Finland and he is pushing for a start. Gianluigi Buffon is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up, whilst Southampton attacker Graziano Pelle should lead the line for the Azzurri against Belgium. Florenzi has left Italy camp for the birth of his child, but he should return in time to face the Red Devils. Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio had been ruled out earlier with injury, while Riccardo Montolivo and Thiago Motta should be fit to face Belgium.
- Over 3.5 goals were scored in four of last five meetings between Belgium and Italy
- Belgium failed to keep a clean sheet in previous seven games
- Red Devils failed to score in last two games at Euro finals
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in seven of Italy’s last nine matches at the European Championship finals
- Gianluigi Buffon could earn his 158th cap for Italy against Belgium
Belgium vs Italy Prediction
All eyes will be on Parc Olympique Lyon when Belgium and Italy face each other in Group E derby. Marc Wilmots has a number of top-class players to choose from and considering that the Azzurri experienced all sorts of problems at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, home win appears on the cards. When the two teams met in a friendly last year Belgium recorded a 3-1 win over Italy and, taking everything into account, Antonio Conte’s men are unlikely to grab something from Monday’s clash.
Betting Tip: Belgium to win
Odds: 2.60 (8/5) @Betfair
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