On Saturday, Wembley Stadium will host the final 16 of Euro 2020 in which Italy will face Austria after emerging as one of the tournament favorites. The Austrians have advanced to the knockout stage for the first time, after finally ending their Euros drought with two group-stage victories, while the Azzurri have continued their record-breaking unbeaten run. Here is all you need to know about Italy vs Austria prediction and lineup.
Italy lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bonucci, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Giorgio Chiellini is a major doubt after missing Italy’s final group game due to a hamstring injury. Francesco Acerbi or Alessandro Bastoni are on standby to fill in for Saturday’s match.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo will take his place at right-back if Alessandro Florenzi does not recover from his injury in time.
To create room for Marco Verratti, Roberto Mancini must make a major decision in central midfield. Both Manuel Locatelli and Nicolo Barella will face severe consequences as a result of the ruling.
On Saturday, Domenico Berardi or Federico Chiesa will join Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne in Italy’s front three.
Austria lineup: Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba; Laimer, Grillitsch, X. Schlager; Sabitzer, Baumgartner; Arnautovic
Austria switched to a back four against Ukraine on Monday, with David Alaba moving to left-back. They won 1-0 and should continue to use the same lineup here.
Austria is concerned about Konrad Laimer and Christoph Baumgartner after they were injured against Ukraine. Alba may be forced to switch to the left flank.
Italy vs Austria Prediction
Italy is the first team to win all three group stage matches without surrendering a goal in the history of the European Championship. So far in this football tournament, they’ve looked fantastic.
Victories over North Macedonia and Ukraine have clinched second place in Group C, although Austria has had a terrible summer. It would be a huge shock if Italy was eliminated.
Against obstinate opponents, to generate opportunities and dictate the tempo the pressure will undoubtedly be on Italy, but they are adept at probing patiently and then hitting with clinical precision.
Even if Austria can keep them at away for the first hour or so, the Azzurri can rely on the likes of pacy winger Federico Chiesa to make a difference from the bench, ensuring that they proceed in the end.
Our Prediction: Italy 2-0 Austria