This Group A encounter is one of the highlights for the group and is an exciting prospect. Both teams have come off an exciting qualifying round and now look to make huge impact in this competition. Italy was unbeaten in the qualifying rounds and will look to extend this run into the tournament. They will look to dominate the game with a tight defense and well-organized midfield looking to feed their strike force, led by Southampton hit man Grazziano Pelle.Much is expected of the Belgium team, who are dubbed the “Golden Generation”. The team is filled with stars such as Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, and the rest.
Daniele De Rossi has managed to shrug off a recent injury and will participate in the match, while Marco Verrati and Claudio Marchisio have recovered from recent injuries. The rest of the squad is fully fit and ready for the game. Belgium is without Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Lombaerts who are both injured.Yannick Carrasco is struggling with injury and is unlikely to start. The rest of the team is fully fit and ready to play.
Possible Starting Lineups
Italy : Buffon;Chiellini;Bonucci;Barzagli;Candreva;Darmian;Giaccherini;Florenzi;De Rossi;Eder;Pelle
Belgium: Eden Hazard; Romelu Lukaku; Kevin De Bruyne
Italy: Gianlucci Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini; Grazziano Pelé; Danielle De Rossi
Belgium vs. Italy
The game is going to be a closely fought encounter with Italy looking to dominate with their solid defense and tightly organized midfield.However,Belgium have a lot of creativity and their gifted players such as De Bruyne and Hazard are expected to be a handful. Belgium has a superior attack and will be looking to steal the win, though Italy will be hard to beat.