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Belgium vs Italy Preview – Belgium looking to win the ‘Group of Death’ over Italy

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Date: 13 June 2016,

Time: 20:00 UK time

Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

 

Match Preview

Our Belgium boys who are currently the highest-ranked European team on the Fifa ranking, are looking to overshadow their best European performance in the 1980’s when it finished second place. That performance was the beginning of a golden generation which qualified for six consecutive World Cups.

Now, a new golden generation has developed: the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne have replaced the former generation which included players such as Jean-Marie Pfaff, Eric Gerets and Francois Van Der Elst. Most analysts agree Belgium have the potential to win Euro 2016, whether they can live up to their potential remains to be seen. In the last 3 friendlies Belgium could not convince, just winning against Switzerland and Norway and a very disappointing draw against Finland. In contrast, Italy won its friendly against Finland by 2 goals, as well as a 1-0 win over Scotland.

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Source: Soccerway

In November Belgium won 3-1 against Italy with goals from Candreva for Italy and then from Vertonghen, De Bruyne and Batshuayi securing a Belgian victory.

As can be seen in the line-up, both team have added new players and lost others due to injuries. For Belgium, the defense has completely changed and so we expect a more shaky game. Nainggolan who plays for As Roma, is looking forward to play against the Italians as he knows them well, especially De Rossi and Florenzi who play at Roma too. We expect Buffon to be the busier goalkeeper but Courtois will definitely be tested, especially from corners and free kicks.

Belgium – Italy Euro 2016 Probable Line-up

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Our Prediction

2-1 for Belgium with goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Lukaku, and Graziano Pelle for Italy.

We expect Italy to start strong and go all guns blazing but eventually be overpowered by Belgium’s class and depth in squad.

Stay tuned for our next analysis.

Long live Belgium! Vive la Belgique! Leve België!

By Roy Skop

Also, if you are looking at euro 2016 odds at the moment, Belgium are still at 10/1 so worth a flutter!

 

Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

 

 

 

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