NEWS
Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: All-star trident for Italy

Italy absolutely have to beat Belgium and hope for European U21 Championship progress, so we should see Moise Kean, Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa together.

The final group game kicks off at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

After a win and defeat, the Azzurrini need to beat Belgium and hope Spain see off Poland by no more than two clear goals.

Failing that, they’d have to wait and see from the other groups, but the odds of becoming the best runner-up are slim.

Nicolò Zaniolo is suspended for Italy, with Riccardo Orsolini injured, so it’s likely Gigi Di Biagio will debut an all-star trident attack with Milan striker Cutrone flanked by Juve’s Kean and Chiesa of Fiorentina.

Arturo Calabresi could be back in on the right side of defence for Claud Adjapong, with Lorenzo Pellegrini joining Rolando Mandragora and Nicolò Barella in midfield.

Belgium have lost both their group games so far and are already eliminated, but put up quite a fight, falling 3-2 to Poland and 2-1 to Spain.

Centre-back Wout Faes is suspended, so Rocky Bushiri is likely to step in alongside Sebastiaan Bornauw.

Alexis De Sart is battling Bryan Heynen for the midfield role, while the attack is confirmed with Dodi Lukebakio flanked by Siebe Schrijvers and Francis Amuzu.

Probable line-ups

Italy U21: Meret; Calabresi, Mancini, Bastoni, Pezzella; Barella, Mandragora, Pellegrini; Kean, Cutrone, Chiesa

Italy bench: Audero, Montipò, Bonifazi, Dimarco, Adjapong, Romagna, Tonali, Locatelli, Murgia, Bonazzoli

Belgium U21: De Wolf; Cools, Bushiri, Bornauw, Cobbaut; De Sart, Bastien, Mangala; Schrijvers, Lukebakio, Amuzu

Belgium bench: Jackers, Teunckens, De Norre, Schryvers, Wouters, Heynen, Verschaeren, Saelemaekers, Mbenza, Leya Iseka, Oméonga

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