Kick-off: 2000, 31/05/2021
Stadium: Stadion Stozice
Portugal and Italy both impressed during the group stage at U21 Euro 2021 and a close encounter is on the cards when they meet in the quarter-finals.
Esperancas probably produced the more eye-catching performances but Gli Azzurrini proved they can battle against the best around.
It would be no surprise to see this tie go to extra-time so 12/5 for a draw after regulation play is our first Portugal U21 vs Italy U21 prediction.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal picked up maximum points in their pool thanks to a trio of clean-sheet victories.
Croatia were edged out 1-0, England were beaten 2-0 and then Switzerland were stuffed 3-0 in emphatic fashion.
Rui Jorge has been able to develop a strong unit, having been their head coach since 2010.
Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Vitinha, who was on loan at Wolves last term, are familiar faces.
Barcelona winger Francisco Trincao was the star of the show in a U19 Euro triumph in 2018 and has been capped six times at senior level.
He joined the Catalan giants for €31million 18 months ago, played 28 games in La Liga this term and seven Champions League matches.
This promises to be a tough test, though, and 6/1 for a 1-1 scoreline at the end of normal time takes the eye from the Portugal U21 vs Italy U21 odds.
A Look At Italy’s Betting Odds
Italy gave themselves a bit of work to do when only drawing 1-1 with Czech Republic first up but then did well to keep holders Spain to a goalless stalemate.
Everything came right for Paolo Nicolato’s team when they thrashed hosts Slovenia 4-0 to book a spot in the knockout stages.
Patrick Cutrone, who has had loan spells at Fiorentina and Valencia since joining Wolves from AC Milan, bagged a brace in that win.
Gianluca Scamacca scored eight times in Serie A for Genoa last season and is another useful attacking option, along with Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori.
Nicolato has worked his way up through Italy’s junior age groups and this side knows him well, making them a settled outfit.
We’re adding 4/1 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time to our Portugal U21 vs Italy U21 betting tips.
Switzerland 0-3 PORTUGAL – Queiros, Trincao, Conceicao
ITALY 4-0 Slovenia – Maggiore, Raspadori, Cutrone (2)
Head-to-head: Portugal 3-2 Italy, Italy 0-0 Portugal, Italy 4-3 Portugal
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