The time has come finally when the UEFA Euro 2020 quarter-finals are starting from this weekend. On Saturday, 3rd July 2021, the first quarter-final between Italy vs Belgium is taking place between Italy and Belgium at the Allianz Arena. For the fifth time, both the teams will be competing against each other in such a big tournament. Both the teams have shown remarkable performances and therefore they made their place in the quarter-finals.
No wonders why Italy is called the dark horse of the tournament. Italy didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup last time. But right after the take over of Roberto Mancini as the manager of Italy, the Italian national team was completely changed. And now they have 30 unbeaten straight matches. They are clearly one of the favorites to win the tournament. Fans are definitely expecting the continuation of Italy's winning streak.
Italy's recent form in all competitions: W-W-W-W-W
Belgium is the most entertaining side of the tournament. This will be the last time they will be playing with their golden generation. After they were knocked out in the semis of the World Cup, the world is looking onto them as the favorites to win the tournament. They are one of the elite European teams besides England and Italy.
Belgium's recent form in all competitions: W-W-W-W-W
Gaetano Castrovilli has been replaced by Lorenzo Pellegrini because of his injury. Also, Alessandro Florenzi's presence on the field is doubtful at this moment. Manuel Locatell is the most in-demand midfielder in Europe and a lot of responsibilities for the first quarter-final against Belgium are on his shoulders.
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Leonardo Spinazzola, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Giovanni Di Lorenzo; Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Nicolo Barella; Domenico Berardi, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile
The Belgium team is full of skillful players. But due to injuries, Simon Mignolet and Timothy Castagne are not a part of UEFA Euro 2020 anymore. Also, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne might not be a part of the squad today because of injury concerns.
Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen; Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Thomas Meunier; Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku
Italy and Belgium have faced each other 22 times since 1913. Italy is definitely in a lead and has won 14 matches out of the 22 whereas Belgium won only 4 matches. And the rest 4 matches were a draw between both the teams.