Belgium v Italy -Stats and Preview- 2-7-21 Two favourites face off as Belgian flair meets Italian steel

Match: Belgium v Italy

Competition: Euro 2021

Date: 2/7/21

Kick-off time: 8pm

Recent form

  • Last 5

  • Last 5

Head to head record

Last 5 matches – 

13/06/16 Belgium 0 – 2 Italy

13/11/15 Belgium 3 – 1 Italy

30/05/08 Italy 3 – 1 Belgium

14/06/00 Italy 2 – 0 Belgium

12/11/99 Italy 1 – 3 Belgium

Goal stats

  • Total match goals
Over 0.5 goals 100%
Over 1.5 goals 75%
Over 2.5 goals 50%
Over 3.5 goals 0%
BTTS - Yes 25%

Belgium team goals

Over 0.5 goals 100%
Over 1.5 goals 75%
Over 2.5 goals 50%

Italy team goals

Over 0.5 goals 100%
Over 1.5 goals 75%
Over 2.5 goals 75%

Corner betting stats

Belgium corner stats

Average corners for: 3

Average corners against: 6

Over/ under corner % charts

Over 9.5 corners 25%
Over 10.5 corners 0%
Over 11.5 corners 0%

Italy corner stats

Average corners for: 5

Average corners against: 3

Over/ under corner % charts

Over 9.5 corners 50%
Over 10.5 corners 25%
Over 11.5 corners 0%

Card betting stats

Belgium Card stats

Averages

Yellow for: 1

Yellows against: 3

Top cards:

T Hazard – 1

T Vermalen – 1

T Alderweireld – 1

Italy Card stats

Averages

Yellow for: 1

Yellows against: 5

Top cards:

M Pessina – 1

G Di Lorenzio – 1

N Barella – 1

Injuries

Belgium injuries & suspensions

Out: T Castagne

Doubtful: K De Bruyne and E Hazard

Suspended: None

Italy injuries & suspensions

Out: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Belgium v Italy Match Preview & Trends

A huge clash awaits us between The Red Devils and The Azzurri in Germany

Munich is the host city for this heavyweight contest between Belgium and Italy. Having beaten Portugal and Austria respectively in the last 16 to reach this stage both sides will be confident ahead of this vital quarter-final match-up. A trip to London awaits the winners of this game where they will play either Croatia or Spain at Wembley Stadium in front of an expected large crowd. 

The tournament has had many twists and turns so far, will the unpredictable trend continue in this fascinating knockout phase? With the quality of players on show, anything can happen and we are in for another rollercoaster ride as we approach the latter stages.

The world’s number one ranked team Belgium are sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of the Italy game. Captain Eden Hazard is a major doubt as his injury-plagued season continues. Perhaps the worry worrying aspect is that star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne had to go off in the victory over Portugal. The Manchester City man is pivotal to the Belgian fluency with his passing range and set-piece excellence. 

Roberto Mancini will once again have to make some tough decisions with his team selection. His decision to leave out the in-form Locatelli against Austria seemed to backfire as they were taken to extra time by the stubborn Austrians who put up quite a defensive showing. Enrico Chiesa is pushing for a start after his impact off the bench and winning goal in the last 16 tie.

Italy have covered 474.4km in the tournament so far and has maintained a passing accuracy of 88% and averaging 56% possession. The Italians have made 206 passes into the attacking third with 140 of those in key areas. They have completed 21/60 crosses, which left them at 35%. In comparison, Belgium has covered 433.5km in the first four games, maintaining a passing accuracy of 88% and averaged 54% possession. The Belgians made 162 passes into the attacking third with 83 of those in key areas. They completed 3/34 crosses, which left them at 9%.

Key trends

Italy scored a goal for every 15 minutes of possession. 

Both Romelu Lukaku and Thorgan Hazard have scored the first goal for Belgium on two occasions so far in the tournament

44% of Italy’s goals have come after the 75th minute

Referee data

Ref: TBC

Felix Brych (Germany)

Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)

Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)

Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Istvan Kovacs (Romania)

Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

Michael Oliver (England)

Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Portugal)

Daniel Siebert (Germany)

Anthony Taylor (England)

Clément Turpin (France)

Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)