January 4, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having eased through the group stages in impressive fashion, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Azzurri to pull off a comfortable win against Foda's men
Austria will be hoping to pull off an upset when they take on Italy in Saturday’s Euro 2020 last-16 clash at Wembley.
The Azzurri have been arguably the team of the tournament so far, sailing through the group stages with nine points from nine and no goals conceded.
Italy vs Austria Latest Odds
Indeed, they are clear 9/20 (1.45) favourites with bet365 to progress to the quarter-finals by pulling off a 12th consecutive win – extending their unbeaten streak to a national record of 31 matches in the process.
Franco Foda’s men beat Ukraine and North Macedonia to make it through their group as runners-up to the Netherlands, but are 7/1 (8.00) outsiders to come out on top against their in-form opponents.
The most recent meeting between this duo resulted in a 2-2 draw in a friendly match back in 2008, and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them taking this one into extra time after another deadlocked 90 minutes.
Italy vs Austria Team News
Giorgio Chiellini is unlikely to feature after suffering a hamstring injury in the final group game against Wales, while Alessandro Florenzi and Lorenzo Pellegrini are also doubtful.
Konrad Laimer and Christoph Baumgartner will both face late fitness tests after coming off injured against Ukraine.
Italy vs Austria Preview
While few rated them among the pre-tournament favourites, Roberto Mancini’s side is now looking like a serious contender to lift this trophy for the first time since 1968.
Having become the first ever team to come through the group stages with three wins and three clean sheets under their belt, they will be confident of seeing off a nation celebrating its first ever appearance at this stage.
Although impressive in their 1-0 victory over Ukraine, Austria will surely struggle to find a way past an opposition defence that has now gone 11 games without conceding – letting in just seven goals in the 30 fixtures since their last defeat.
Italy vs Austria Tips and Predictions
Considering Austria have failed to score in four of their last six matches in all competitions, odds of 6/5 (2.20) seem generous on Italy continuing their impressive form by winning to nil for a 12th game in succession.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
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