Date: June 27, 2021
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Wembley Stadium
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After having emerged as one of the tournament favourites with their performances in the group stage, Italy will face Austria at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday in the round of 16 encounter of Euro 2020. While Italy's spectacular start to their European championships campaign this year has helped sustain what has been a record-equalling unbeaten run, the Austrians have reached their first ever knockouts of the competition, ending their drought with two wins in the group stage.
Captain Giorgio Chiellini trained in isolation from the rest of the squad while Alessandro Florenzi was fit enough to undertake individual gym work, implying neither of them will feature in the side for the crucial game against Austria. Meanwhile, Marco Verratti has confirmed his recovery from a knee injury.
The likes of Christoph Baumgartner, Julian Baumgartlinger, Martin Hinteregger and Valentino Lazaro remain doubtful selections for this match owing to injuries.
There is no doubt that it will be expected of Italy to create chances themselves and set the tempo of the match against Austrians who are new to this stage of the competition. However, make no mistake, Austria looked aware of their own shortcomings and often waited for the right moment before a clinical move. But given the kind of form, experience they have and the bench strength, in case things don’t go as per the plan, Italy should be able to seal a win here.
Probable Starting XI:
Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bonucci, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Austria: Bachmann, Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba, Laimer, Grillitsch, X. Schlager, Sabitzer, Baumgartner, Arnautovic
Goalkeeper: Donnarumma, Bachmann
Defender: Alaba, Bonucci, Lainer, Lorenzo
Midfielder: Jorginho, Verratti, Sabitzer, Schlager
Forwards: Immobile, Arnautovic, Baumgartner, Insigne
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