Euro 2020: today Switzerland-Spain and Belgium-Italy!
Updated: Oct 6, 2021
Euro 2020 go live today with the quarterfinal program starts with Switzerland-Spain and above all Belgium-Italy.
In this news you will find all the information for your bets on these two races. From the 1x2 odds of our best betting sites, passing through exclusive statistics and probable formations. And don't forget live betting during the matches!
SWITZERLAND - SPAIN
St. Petersburg - 6pm (CET Time)
This is the first confrontation between Switzerland and Spain at the European Championships. The three precedents between these two formations in a major international competition date back to 1966, 1994 and 2010 always at the World Cup, with Spain winning the first two while Switzerland found success in the most recent. Spain have lost only one of their 22 previous matches against Switzerland in all competitions (16W, 5N), a defeat that came at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This is the fourth time that Switzerland has participated in the quarter-finals of a major international competition (World and European), and the first in the continental review. The Swiss have lost on all of their first three occasions - 3-2 against Czechoslovakia in 1934, 2-0 against Hungary in 1938 and 7-5 against Austria in 1954. Spain became the first team in football history. Europeans to have scored at least five goals for two consecutive games.
The Iberians have never scored more than four goals in their previous 42 games in the competition. Switzerland have scored three goals in each of their last two European games, having never scored more than two goals in their previous 15 in the competition. The last time Switzerland scored three or more goals for three games in a row considering all competitions was in October 2017. Switzerland closed the group stage with an 8.5% goal percentage (4/47); percentage rose to 25% against France in the round of 16 (3/12). Spain recorded 73.4% ball possession and 89.5% successful passes in this European: both percentages are the highest for a team in a single edition of the European championships (since 1980).
Álvaro Morata is the Spanish player with the most shots (15) and shots on target (eight) in this European Championship, and no teammate has scored more goals (two). However, Spain's two other two-goal players (Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres) have attempted fewer shots (13) and fewer on target (seven) than Morata together. Haris Seferovic of Switzerland has scored three goals in his last two European games, after scoring just one goal in his first 13 appearances in major international competition (World / European Championships). The only Swiss player capable of scoring in three consecutive appearances in major international competition was Josef Hügi in the 1954 World Cup. Ferran Torres has taken an active part in eight goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions for Spain. (seven goals and one assist). Torres has scored in his last two European games, and no Spaniard has ever scored in three straight games in the competition.
SWITZERLAND (3-4-2-1): Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Mbabu, Freuler, Zakaria, Zuber; Shaqiri, Embolo; Seferovic.
SPAIN (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Laporte, Jordi Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Morata, Sarabia.
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BELGIUM - ITALY
Munich - 9.00 pm (CET Time)
This will be the fifth match between Belgium and Italy between the European and the World Cup, the four previous matches were played in the group stage: in the 1954 World Cup and at the 1980, 2000 and 2016 European Championships. Italy has always remained undefeated ( 3V, 1N). Against any team Belgium has played more games without ever winning than against Italy in the European and World Cups (4, like France and Germany). On the other hand, only against Germany (9) and Austria (5), Italy has played more matches without losing than against Belgium in these tournaments (4). Italy reached the quarter-finals at the European Championships for the fourth consecutive tournament. Each of these three previous matches of this phase was decided with the penalty kicks lottery; the Italians were eliminated from Spain in 2008 and from Germany in 2016 while they passed the round against England in 2012. Italy have conceded more than one goal in just one of their last 18 games between European and World Cups.
The Azzurri collected only 13 goals in the period (8 clean sheets): the only match with at least two conceded was the 0-4 defeat against Spain in the EURO2012 final. Belgium have won seven of their last eight games at the European Championships - the only exception being a loss in the quarter-finals of EURO 2016, when they lost 1-3 to Wales. Italy have won all four matches at EURO 2020, the Azzurri have never recorded five successes in a row at the European Championships; while only twice have they achieved at least five victories in a row also considering the World Cup: seven in the World Cup between 1934 and 1938 and five at the 1990 World Cup.
Belgium knocked out reigning champions Portugal in the round of 16: four of the five nations that defeated the trophy holding team in the knockout stage went on to win the European Championship, the only exception being Italy at EURO2016. Since Roberto Martínez's first game at the helm of Belgium in September 2016, the Red Devils have both won their most matches (47) and scored more goals (175) than any other European national team. Both Martínez and Italian Roberto Mancini have won their first four games at the European Championships, only Michel Hidalgo has recorded five wins in his first five games as coach in the history of the European Championships, at EURO 1984 with France.
Thorgan Hazard has taken part in six goals in his last seven games as a starter for Belgium (four goals, two assists), scoring in his last two European appearances. The only Belgian player who scored in three consecutive European and World Cup matches was Marc Wilmots in the 2002 World Cup. Matteo Pessina has scored in his last two games at EURO2020; no player from Italy has ever scored in three matches in a row at the European Championships, while the last to score in three consecutive games with the Azzurri, also considering the World Cup, was Christian Vieri (four in the 1998 World Cup).
BELGIUM (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, T. Hazard; Mertens, Carrasco; Lukaku.
ITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne.