Italy vs Belgium
UEFA Nations League – 3rd Place Play-off
Date: Sunday, 10 October 2021
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadium (Turin).
Italy and Belgium face-off at the Allianz Stadium in Turin for the third place in the 2020/21 edition of the UEFA Nations League. Read our preview and analysis with predictions here.
Italy vs Belgium Head-to-head
Goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne handed Italy a 2-1 win when they met Belgium at the Euro 2020 quarterfinals in July of this year. Lukaku scored the consolation goal for the Red Devils.
In recent times, the Azzurri have won 4 of the 5 meetings across all competitions against the Red Devils with the exception of 1 defeat.
Key Betting Stats
- Italy’s 2-1 defeat to Spain ended their long standing 37 match unbeaten run across all competition.
- This is also their first home defeat since 2016.
- Belgium has scored in 39 consecutive games across all competitions.
- New Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scored in 7 of his last 9 international appearances.
Italy vs Belgium Prediction and Analysis
Belgium fell in dramatic style in the semifinals and Roberto Martínez has every reason to feel aggravated as his team went into the half time break with a 2 goal lead.
Their defense was exposed during the summer tournament and there are still gaps to fill with the French running a riot with three goals in 30 minutes to finish off the tie in stunning style.
The defeat means Belgium’s wait for a major trophy continues and there is some rebuilding to do as they approach another major tournament next year.
Belgium has problems while coming up against top teams. Truth to be told, they rarely came across quality teams in the past 2 years. To be more clear, they met England twice, won and lost one each and lost in each of one-off games against Italy and France.
Meanwhile, Italy had little to complain after the defeat to Spain and they were second best in all departments throughout the 90 minutes. Any chance of a comeback was further affected with Leonardo Bonucci getting sent-off close to the half-time whistle.
Also, Spanish fans will be thankful to the Italian fans booing Gianluigi Donnarumma through the entire 90 minutes for making the switch to PSG in summer.
The reigning European champions will have another shot on Sunday to boost some confidence with World Cup qualifiers to follow in the next international break.
In terms of form and consistency, Italy still remains as the team to beat in Europe. Only Brazil can match them when it comes to results earned against top teams.
Belgium’s defensive vulnerabilities means that Italy have a good chance to finish off the competition with a win, even though this is a small price.