Euro 2016 Quarterfinals: Germany Braces for Its Toughest Test yet Against ItalyPublished July 2, 2016 by Florin P
Italy hopes to cause another major upset in the quarterfinals (8:00 p.m UK Time).
Italy has surpassed all expectations by winning the group in a convincing manner, with a match yet to be played. They were credited with the second chance against Spain, but looked like the better team and were not lucky to emerge victorious. Once again, they start as underdogs and this time they take on Germany, an opponent that has caused them plenty of problems in the past.
A Potent Mix of Young and Old
Italy is known for its experienced back-line and the fact that it knows how to defend narrow margin leads. While they still have a couple of old defenders and a veteran defending their net, the Italians have a young offensive lineup. Eder proved his quality on several occasions and he’s expected to pose a serious threat to the Germans, if given the chance to shot.
The backline is as reliable as ever and with Buffon guarding the goal, the reigning world champions will have a hard time scoring. Italy is not expected to change its strategy after using it successfully against Spain and won’t concede the initiative.
Tremendous Pressure on Germany
The Germans did everything right, as they won the group with ease and avoided injuries and suspensions. They were supposed to play against weaker teams, but things didn’t go their way and they are on a rough and twisted path. They are very likely to face France if they defeat Italy, but bookmakers still credit them with the best chance to lift the trophy.
Germany didn’t make any mistakes so far, but struggled against Poland and were far from impressive against Northern Ireland. Italy will give them a run for their money, yet bet365 Sports is offering great odds on the underdogs. Punters can take the double chance wager at odds of 7/10, so they win even if Germany advances to the next stage in overtime.