Belgium U21 vs Italy U21, Saturday’s match for the UEFA EURO U21, Group A, in the Mapei Stadium, Città del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
The campaign of the Belgium Under-21 European Championship is virtually condemned after two consecutive defeats, 3-2 against Poland and 2-1 against Spain.
It was expected more of the team of Johan Walem, now in this final game they will try to beat Italy, who plays at home to their fans, a very difficult but not impossible mission.
The Belgians have so far been a “shadow” of their real value, as they have a generation of young players with a lot of potential, but things have not gone well.
Surprising, or not, Belgium Under-21 has a head-to-head lead with Italy U21 since 2008. Coach Johan Walem should make some changes in this game as he has nothing to lose. Francis Amuzu, Aaron Leya Iseka and Dodi Lukebakio are expected to play and have an important role for the team.
Italy had an auspicious start to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship after beating Spain 3-1 in their opening game, but then disappointed with Poland’s U21s after losing 1-0.
This Italian team has been very inconsistent for some time as it has had mixed results. In the last 12 games for all competitions, they have won three, lost six and drawn three games.
In this game victory is crucial for Italy. The Italians need to recover morale, coach Luigi Di Biagio is expected to tell his players to start this game in a more offensive way. In that case, I think there may be changes in the initial eleven, the forward Moise Kean should be included in the selected players, among others.
Italy Under-21 is favorite considering they play at home to their fans, but I also believe that Belgium wants to show its real value. Considering all this, I bet on the Belgian victory.