Italy will be travelling to Wembley Stadium to face Austria on Saturday night in the Euro 2020 round of 16 stage.
Moreover, After finishing with an impressive group stage performance, Roberto Mancini’s side will be full of confidence and will be looking to make it to the quarter-final with ease.
On the other hand, Austria will be looking to break down the Italian defence which has not been breached in the last 11 games. Nevertheless, in the knock-out stage, it is always a fifty-fifty game and the form of previous games do not work on all occasions.
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Italy has finished with an unblemished group form, winning three games in three and seven goals being scored without any reply. After starting the Euro 2020 campaign as non-favourites, but following the group stage performances they have now become one of the potential champions along with France.
The expansive and attacking football has entertained the football fans which is completely different from what they used to do in the past. Ciro Immobile has scored two goals, Lorenzo Insigne and Dominico Berardi have also shown their qualities in this tournament.
Meanwhile, having missed out on the World Cup 2018 qualification. The Azzurri are looking to show the world that they have not finished yet and they are still capable of fighting for the biggest competitions.
On the other hand, Austria are certainly the underdogs for this encounter. However, After finishing second in the group stage just behind the Netherlands Franco Foda’s side will be hoping to make an upset and qualify for the quarter-final. This scenario is highly unlikely given the recent form of Mancini’s side.
Italy form (all competitions): W-W-W-W-W-W
Austria form (all competitions): L-L-D-W-L-W
After giving chances to the reserve players, Mancini will go with his strongest eleven for this encounter. However, Giorgio Chiellini and Alessandro Florenzi are the names who will be unable due to injury. The big dilemma for the Italian boss is whether to use Manuel Locatelli or Marco Verratti. But the Sassuolo man is likely to start after an impressive performance against Switzerland.
on the other hand, Christoph Baumgartner, Julian Baumgartlinger, Martin Hinteregger and Valentino Lazaro are all in doubt for Austria. a. It will be interesting to see how Foda structures his team on Saturday.
Italy possible starting lineup(4-3-3):
Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bonucci, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Austria possible starting lineup(3-5-2):
Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba; Laimer, Grillitsch, X. Schlager; Sabitzer, Baumgartner; Arnautovic
Italy 2-0 Austria
Italy will win this game with ease and reach the quarter-final. Beating the Azzurri will be a mountain to climb for Austria.