Italy hosts Belgium in the UEFA Nations League third-place playoff. The match will be played on Sunday, October 10th at Allianz Stadium (Turin).
Italy made it to the decisive UEFA Nations League matches thanks to a victory in Group 1 of League A. The Euro 2020 winners were ahead of their competitors from the Netherlands, Poland, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On October 6, the Italians faced the Spanish national team in the semifinals in Milan. In the match at San Siro, Squadra Azzurra lost 1-2. The outcome of that match was predetermined in the 1st half, when Mancini's team conceded two goals from the Red Fury. In addition, Russian referee Sergei Karasev sent off Leonardo Bonucci in the 42nd minute. After the break, the Italians won back one goal through the efforts of Lorenzo Pellegrini.
The national team of Belgium qualified for the UEFA Nations League semifinals, finishing 1st in Group 2 of League A, where Denmark, England, and Iceland also played. On October 7, the Red Devils played a match against the French national team. The Belgians lost to the reigning world champions with a score of 2-3. Martinez's team played two different halves. In the first half of the game, the Belgians looked more confident than their opponents. Before the break, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku aggrieved Hugo Lloris twice. In the 2nd half, the Belgians lost the initiative and allowed France to return to the game. The Tricolors upset Thibault Courtois three times in the final half an hour of the game, scoring the decisive goal in the 90th minute.
The teams are clearly not happy about the fact that they will fight only for the 3rd place. However, the upcoming game, which does not have a serious tournament value, may turn out to be spectacular. The Italians, who will again play in front of their native stands, will try to avoid a second home failure in a row, and the Belgians, who are accustomed to scoring in every game, can take advantage of Italy's defensive problems due to Bonucci's disqualification. The opponents are used to playing productive football in head-to-head matches, as it was in the match at Euro 2020. In seven previous confrontations, at least two goals were recorded, and bets on an exchange of goals brought profit five times. In addition, such an outcome was recorded in six out of eight last matches of Mancini’s team.
Bet Type: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 1.80 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 10-Oct-2021 15:00 CET
Event Result: 2:1(0:0)
Profit: +32.00 Units