The group stage is over and now things really start getting interesting as the rest of the tournament will be played in win-or-go-home knockout rounds. On Saturday we’ve got two match-ups that should produce plenty of excitement as Wales (2A) will take on Denmark (2B) and Italy (1A) will face off against Austria (2C).
While Denmark’s Christian Eriksen won’t be returning to the tournament after his frightening cardiac arrest in the group stage opener, look no further than guys like Yussuf Pouslen to pick up the slack and put goals in the back of the net. The RB Leipzig striker notched two goals in the group stage and turned out to be instrumental to the Danes’ success.
The Italians are favored — by a lot — to move on past Austria in their Round of 16 match after cruising through the group stage winning all three of their games. Ciro Immobile scored two goals in the first two matches, while Manual Locatelli added two goals in their second game, grabbing a brace to help lift the Italians to a 3-0 win over Switzerland. Both players are vital to Italy’s attack, and can be expected to have little to no trouble getting past Austria’s defense in the Round of 16 game.
Euro 2021 Saturday, June 26 schedule
Wales vs. Denmark
Italy vs. Austria
Best Bet: Italy -195
While nothing is ever concrete in a knockout-style tournament — or soccer in general — the safest bet for this Saturday lineup should be Italy cruising past Austria. The aforementioned Immobile and Locatelli are key players in their attack, surrounded by other solid players like Lorenzo Insigne, Domenico Berardi, and Marco Verratti who all bring a big game to the field. They also boast one of the best goalkeepers in the game, Gianluigi Donnarumma who just made the move to Paris Saint-Germain after spending his entire professional career with AC Milan. Italy shouldn’t have any trouble with Austria, and they’ll soon be setting their sights on either Belgium or Portugal in the quarter finals.
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