Italy are the fit squad heading into Euro 2020’s knockout stage this summer after demolishing their three group opponents in what turned out to be a routine start to the campaign.
Italy have won all three of their Euro 2020 matches without conceding a goal and are the big favorites to get around Austria when these teams meet at Wembley on Saturday.
Austria itself has seen a mixed campaign. They beat North Macedonia and Ukraine after some nervous encounters, and were outclassed by the Netherlands, the best in Group C.
With Marcel Sabitzer and Marko Arnautovic, Austria will always be a threat – but they have never played a knockout game for the European Championships.
And they face one of the most seasoned nations in tournament football. Italy are keen to lift the trophy next month and are set to sweep their neighbors from here.
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When is Italy vs. Austria on TV?
Italy-Austria will take place on Saturday 26 June 2021.
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What time is the kick-off?
Italy v Austria will start in 8 p.m..
The knockout stage matches will start at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. UK time, with the semi-finals and final taking up the last time slot.
Which TV channel is Italy vs.Austria broadcast on?
Fans can log in to watch the match for free at BBC One from 5.30 p.m.
Matches will be split between ITV and BBC throughout the tournament, with every moment of every match being shown on free TV.
How to live stream Italy vs Austria online
You can also stream the match live via BBC iPlayer on a range of devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.
News from the Italy-Austria team
Italy: Giorgio Chiellini came out against Switzerland with a hamstring injury and missed the win over Wales. The center-back cannot be risked here, so Alessandro Bastoni should start alongside Leonardo Bonucci.
Alessandro Florenzi is unlikely to appear due to a calf injury. Don’t be surprised to see Marco Verratti again in midfield, with Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi in attacking posts.
Austria: Christoph Baumgartner, Julian Baumgartlinger, Martin Hinteregger and Valentino Lazaro are all expected to miss this game due to injury.
Arnautovic is expected to start in front with Sabitzer behind him. The boss can also choose to bring Stefan Ilsanker into the XI and move up to three at the back with central defense man David Alaba.
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Our prognosis: Italy v Austria
Austria opted for an offensive formation against the Netherlands in the group stage and failed despite their best efforts – and that may well be the case again on Saturday.
Because while the Austrians have pockets of brilliance within the squad, Italy is proving to be a well-rounded squad with excellence throughout. Verratti’s return to central midfielder not only provides additional defensive cover, but also frees up more players to bomb attackers.
Roberto Mancini may be wary of keeping his players cool, but even if he tinkers with his team, there should be no problem for the Italians to win this one.
Our prediction: Italy 2-0 Austria (11/2 at bet365)
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