The Italians will be looking to continue their hot form against Austria in the round of 16. Would the Austrians break an in-form Italy who has not conceded a goal in over 1000 minutes? Let’s take a look at the preview.
The Austrians finished second in the group behind the Netherlands. With wins against North Macedonia and Ukraine, we think it will require Austria to beat the mighty Italians more than anticipated.
Italy 2-0 Austria
Italy 2-1 Austria
Italy finished the group with three wins out of three with a perfect record. The Azzurri scored seven goals without conceding any and was one of the two teams to do that.
The only challenge the Italians might face is that they will leave the home turf and face the Austrians on neutral ground in Wembley Stadium, London.
The Italians look like the better team on paper, and they are in the pole position to beat their Alpine counterparts in today’s outing.
With the odds already piled up against the Austrian team, they are not the favourites to win the tie.
However, the team does have hopes from their versatile player David Alaba who can play almost all positions on the left side. The veteran Austrian player has covered the left-back position, covered the left side of midfield, and attacked from the left flank.
Who do you think is going to emerge as a winner from the two sides?
Barring any injury or suspension news, the two teams will line up like the following:
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bonucci, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Austria: Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba; Laimer, Grillitsch, X. Schlager; Sabitzer, Baumgartner; Arnautovic
It’s easy to predict, but it’s football at the end of the day, and we can’t be sure about anything.
Our prediction: Italy 2-0 Austria
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