Italy vs Belgium: Predictions, tips & betting odds

class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Allianz Stadium hosts this meeting between two of the best attacking sides on the continent, an encounter which should see goals at both ends

A place on the podium is up for grabs for Italy and Belgium when they meet in the UEFA Nations League third-place play-off on Sunday.

It is the fixture that neither side would have wanted to play yet defeats to Spain and France respectively in the semi-finals mean Roberto Mancini’s men will face Roberto Martinez’s side in a repeat of this summer’s Euro 2020 quarter-final. 

Italy vs Belgium latest odds

The Azzurri triumphed 2-1 in the most recent meetings between the sides in July and another Italy success can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365.

Belgium,  meanwhile, have lost four of their last five clashes with Italy and are offered at 5/2 (3.50) with the draw available at 23/10 (3.30) .

Italy vs Belgium Latest team news

The European champions are without Leonardo Bonucci after his sending off against Spain on Wednesday evening.

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Belgium for their part are without Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard who picked up an injury in the defeat to world champions France.

It remains to be seen how seriously both managers approach the game or whether they use it as a chance to have a look at squad players. 

Italy vs Belgium preview

Belgium will come into the game the more deflated of the two sides having blown a two-goal lead against France, conceding a third goal in injury time just seconds after they had what they thought was the winning goal ruled out for offside.

Despite their disappointment, however, the Belgians should still be relied upon to find the back of the net, something they have done with extraordinary consistency over the last three years.

Indeed Martinez’s side are on a 39-match scoring streak in all competitions with the last time they drew a blank coming in their 1-0 World Cup semi-final defeat to France in July 2018.

Italy for their part have netted in 32 of their last 35 fixtures and still managed to look dangerous on the break in spite of Bonucci’s first-half red card.

Italy vs Belgium tips & predictions

Both teams to score is priced at 8/11 (1.73) and looks an obvious selection for a game involving these two free-scoring sides.

Backing goals at both ends in the first half is offered at 7/2 (4.50) and paid out the last time the teams clashed in July. 

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.