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Italy vs. Austria 2020 UEFA Euro Round of 16 Game, Analysis, and Pick

By Carlos Chacon

Italy is set to take on Austria at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday to begin their Round of 16 campaign at the UEFA EURO 2020. The 2006 World Cup winners are riding a 1-0 win against Wales before they face the Austrians in the first knockout stage of the tournament. Atlanta midfielder Matteo Pessina was their saving grace thanks to his goal in the first half of the match, which helped the team secure a slot in the Round of 16.

Meanwhile, Austria barely escaped elimination when they forced a 1-0 win versus Andriy Schevchenko and Ukraine. Their win came in the form of a first-half goal from Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner.

In this edition of NitroBetting’s UEFA EURO 2020 preview, we take a closer look at Italy vs. Austria game. Strengthen your picks as we bring you essential information that covers both sides of the match, the latest soccer odds, betting trends, and our very own expert betting predictions. Be sure to check out for this and more sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook!

Italy vs. Austria 2020 UEFA Euro Game Info

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Why is Italy a safe bet to win?

Marco Veratti spared no time when he suited up for his team to face Wales in their last group stage game. However, Roberto Mancini might not have one of his veteran defenders, Giorgio Chiellini, at his disposal on match day as well as Alessandro Florenzi due to injury. On top of that, two key players Stefano Sensi and Lorenzo Pellegrini will remain unavailable. Atalanta’s Matteo Pessina and Fiorentina’s Gaetano Castrovilli cover for the absence of the midfielders.

The pressure is on the Italians to stretch their winning run. But with momentum on their side thanks to three straight wins against Turkey, Switzerland, and Wales in the group stage, they can dictate the pace of the game early on. After making several adjustments to their lineup, they dominated the group game against Wales but settled for a 1-0 win.

Moreover, Italy holds a 3-game clean sheet streak in the tournament This is a strong testament to their robust backline and discipline that could well intimidate their upcoming opponents.

Possible Line-Up

  • Donnarumma
  • Di Lorenzo
  • Bonucci
  • Acerbi
  • Spinazzola
  • Barella
  • Jorginho
  • Locatelli
  • Berardi
  • Immobile
  • Insigne

Why is Austria a safe bet to win?

Austria will heavily rely on the trio of David Alaba, Marcel Sabitzer, and Xaver Schlager, but still expects a tough 90-minute game against Italy. They have to be active on the defensive side and take any offensive chances that come their way.

Franco Foda’s side already has several wins behind them, including a 1-0 thriller against Ukraine and a 3-1 win against North Macedonia. Although they dropped the ball to the Dutch in the second game of the group stages, they were able to bounce back and booked a second-place finish in Group C.

If they can replicate their performance against Ukraine, it’s possible to hold off Italy. We’ve seen how the team operated against their previous opponents, and this is exactly what they have to bring to the pitch on Saturday. If they can produce an energetic start while maintaining a composed backline, it’s not impossible for the team to snatch this one away from Italy.

Possible Line-Up

  • Bachmann
  • Lainer
  • Dragović
  • Hinteregger
  • Alaba
  • Laimer
  • Grillitsch
  • X. Schlager
  • Sabitzer
  • Baumgartner
  • Arnautović

Italy vs. Austria 2020 UEFA Euro Betting Trends

  • Italy won 5 of their 6 previous games against Austria.
  • Italy conceded 0 goals in their last 3 games.
  • Italy scored 7 goals in their last 3 games.
  • Austria is 2-1 in their last 3 games.
  • Austria conceded 3 goals in their last 3 games.
  • Austria won 12 of their 36 previous games against Italy.

Italy vs. Austria Betting Prediction

Despite not entering the tournament as favorites, Italy exceeded the expectations of many. Roberto Mancini put together a solid midfield trio of Nicolo Barella, Manuel Locatelli, and Jorginho. If Marco Verratti starts this game, they could cause lots of problems for the other side.

Meanwhile, the Austrians have done well to extend their UEFA EURO 2020 campaign. A handful of Bundesliga stars make their way to the lineup while being led by 29-year-old defender David Alaba. Ultimately, he will play a crucial role in this Italy vs. Austria contest and try to force an upset to move on to the Round of 8.

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