Belgium and Italy square off in the marquee matchup of the Euro 2020 quarterfinals. Both sides have impressed thus far in the tournament, and I’d favor whichever team wins today to not only make next week’s Final but also to win. Italy have conceded just one goal the entire tournament, last round, up 2-0 in extra time against Austria. Belgium have looked in control in all their matches, even if they’ve not scored quite as frequently as you’d expect.
If I were a betting man, I’d give the edge to Italy, mostly because of the fitness question marks on both Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne. Belgium have the attacking depth to maybe handle missing one of the two, but I don’t think they have the necessary firepower without either. And it’s not really possible to fully replace KDB’s contributions regardless of who you’ve got filling in for him. UPDATE: KDB is fit and starting. Eden Hazard not in the matchday squad.
Italy, on the other hand, have depth to spare. Roberto Mancini has supposed Arsenal target Manuel Locatelli and Matteo Pessina, both of whom have two goals so far at the Euros, coming off the bench, along with 13 Serie A goalscorer Andrea Belotti and one of the best players in the second half of the Serie A season in Federico Chiesa. The Italians are hopeful that Giorgio Chiellini will be available for selection. UPDATE: Chiesa starts, Berardi drops to the bench.
The Euros have been a cracking tournament so far. Let’s hope one of the best matchups on paper continues that trend.
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Belgium - Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, T. Hazard, De Bruyne, Doku, Lukaku
Italy - Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne