Current odds:

The odds on ANY OTHER make this a near impossible game to trade ASP. That said, an early goal to Belgium could change that, substituting 0-0 for 1-0.

Stats:

 

Italy have been beaten 3 times over the last 12 months and one of those defeats was against Belgium. Germany and Portugal are the other two teams to beat them. In that period, out of a total of 11 games, they have chalked up 6 wins and 3 draws. They are a very strong Euro’s team though and should, along with Belgium, go through in 1st or 2nd place in this group.

They have only failed to get past the group stages in the Euros twice and they have only failed to qualify once since the tournament started. They have hosted twice. Italy can never be discounted as potential tournament winners and have a reputation for very strong defences.

However Belgium, currently ranked 2nd in the World by FIFA are a team to be reckoned with and the only real concern is that they have lost some first choice defenders through injury and will not be fielding their strongest team as a result. Strangely, as highly as they are currently rated, they have not had a good Euros history. Excluding 2000, when they were co-hosts, Belgium haven’t qualified for the Euros since 1984.

This is ¬†tough game to predict because much will depend on how Belgium cope with their defensive injury problems. There is no question that this could be a game with goals as their last 5 meetings have produced 18 goals in total, an average of over 3.5, but you’d have to go back to the 1954 World Cup for the last time 4 goals for one side went in (4-1 to Italy). Belgium have only beaten Italy 4 times in the total 21 games ever played between them and there have been 4 draws.

Belgium have only played 9 games in the last 12 months with 7 of those being winners and 1 draw and 1 defeat (Portugal beat them 2-1 in March).

If the Belgium defence were at full strength I’d say 2-1 or 2-0 to Belgium but given a potential problem in defence, I can see a 1-1 or even a 2-1 to Italy. Whatever the result, it doesn’t currently look good to trade because of the high ANY OTHER odds but should be a good game to watch.