After suffering a late 2 -1 loss to Spain, Belgium are eliminated out of the European Under-21 Championship but they’ll try to prevent Italy from making it to the semis. The Italians missed a bunch of opportunities against Poland and were punished for it and now they cannot afford to drop points in this one as a win is imperative.
Belgium U21 Team News and Latest Form
Belgium found it tough to play against better and technically gifted Spain and were largely outplayed in a 2-1 loss. Sebastiaan Bornauw’s equaliser gave the Belgians a hope they can steal a point but Pablo Fornals netted a late goal for the Spaniards.
Head coach Johan Walem will definitely consider making some changes for this encounter, so we could see Francis Amuzu and Aaron Leya Iseka to start up front and Dodi Lukebakio to play a vital part from behind.
After winning nine straight matches, Belgium are now without a victory in five consecutive games and they suffered four losses in a row, allowing minimum two goals in each. However, they scored in 14 of their previous 15 games, which is an encouraging sign for Walem’s men.
Italy U21 Team News and Latest Form
Following a big victory over Spain in their opening game of the European Under-21 Championship, the Italians failed to convert numerous chances in a 1-0 defeat to Poland. Despite having 65% possession and way more attempts (31-8), Luigi Di Biagio’s side was unlucky to score while woodwork was also on Poland’s side on one occasion.
Three points are imperative for the hosts here and Di Biagio will probably make a few changes in starting lineup. Juventus striker Moise Kean should replace unimpressive Patrick Cutrone in the attack while Riccardo Orsolini’s place is not secure following a weak performance against the Poles. In the defence, right-back Arturo Calabresi will likely get an opportunity to jump in instead of Claud Adjapong.
Italy kept the clean sheet in only two of the last 12 matches and their defence made a couple of errors against Poland, one of which cost them a goal. Federico Chiesa has the skills to create problems on the other end and the Italians will definitely score in this one but the defence remains an issue for Di Biagio.
Belgium U21 vs. Italy U21 Head to Head
These rivals have met four times since 2008 and the Red Devils have a 3-1 lead in H2H duels. They won the previous tilt, 1-0, back in a friendly match in October 2018 when Francis Amuzu bagged a late goal at Dacia Arena.
Belgium U21 vs. Italy U21 Betting Tip
The bookies keep the Italians at low 1.36 (-275) odds and we witnessed that their defence can be quite error-prone and leaky, so our bet is Italy to win and both teams to score at 2.5 (+150). This bet is more attractive than backing Italy at 1.36 because Belgium are dangerous in the attack and they will surely get chances to score, especially on the counter.