Azzuri took 60 shots across their three games in the group stages. They will face a side that has lost four of six London games.The Euro 2020, Round of 16 match between Italy and Austria will play on Saturday in London. Also, it is the first meeting between the nations since a 2-2 friendly draw in August 2008.
Italy is unbeaten in their last 13 meetings. Also, Austria cannot beat Italy in all competitions (W10 D3) since a 1-2 friendly loss in December 1960. This is Austria’s first-ever appearance in the knockout stages of the European Championship. Also, this is their first in the knockout stage of any major tournament since the 1954 World Cup. Then they reached the semi-finals.
Italy vs Austria Team News
Italy’s impervious backline received a blow when Giorgio Chiellini had to take in individual training in the week as he recovers from an injury. Alessandro Florenzi also took separate gym work. Also, that means the duo would not be available for the Austria game.
Roberto Mancini will have to scratch his head when drafting midfielders as Marco Verratti is fully recovered. Also, at a time Manuel Locatelli enjoyed good form in two games.
For Austria, Christoph Baumgartner, Julian Baumgartlinger, Martin Hinteregger, and Valentino Lazaro are all doubtful and that means Franco Foda will look for alternatives to fill their places.
Italy is currently unbeaten in 30 games (W25 D5). It is the joint-longest run in their history. It is equalling a run under Vittorio Pozzo, between 1935 and 1939.
Italy has won two of their 13 matches that were held in London (D5 L6). Also, they are winless in five matches there (D3 L2) since beating England 1-0 in 1997. That was also in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Where Gianfranco Zola scored the only goal.
Italy has kept a clean sheet in each of their last 11 matches in all
competitions. Also, going 1055 minutes (17 hours and 35 minutes) without conceding a single goal. It is since a Donny van de Beek goal for the Netherlands last October. One more clean sheet will set them to equal their record for consecutive games without conceding (12). It was set between 1972 and 1974.
David Alaba created nine chances in the group stages at least four more than any other Austria player. Four of these came in Austria’s 1-0 win against Ukraine last time out.
Italy vs Austria Tips and Predictions
Austria has scored just four goals in the last five games. Also, they have conceded as many and kept just a clean sheet. Italy has scored 18 in their last five outings and kept clean sheets in all of them. It’s an unbelievable record for them.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Bastoni, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba; Schlager, Grillitsch; Laimer, Sabitzer, Baumgartner; Arnautovic