ONE of the biggest games of the first round sees Italy and Belgium clash – two teams who hope to go deep into the tournament.
Both will expect to beat other Group D rivals Sweden and Ireland and the importance of the game could see the sides fight out a draw.
Italy were one of four teams alongside Austria, England and Romania who were unbeaten in qualifying and they’ve lost just two of their 21 games in the group stages of the Euros – 1o wins and nine draws.
The Italians have actually drawn more games than any other side (15) and have played out the most 0-0s and they are stronger in defence with three Juve men in there as well as evergreen keeper Gianluigi Buffon.
While Italy don’t possess a world-class striker – their biggest goal threat could come from Southampton’s Graziano Pelle – the Belgians have Romelu Lukaku who will be hoping to make his mark on France.
Bets to Consider
Under 2.5 goals
Lukaku to score