Italy were the standout side of the group stage as the Azzurri eased their way into the round of 16. Although a potentially mouth-watering tie with either Belgium or Portugal awaits, Roberto Mancini will be keen to stress the importance of not looking too far ahead. The Italians managed to keep three consecutive clean sheets and with several key players having been rested against Wales, they will be suitably rested for this.
They have a massive squad to choose from and with the likes of Matteo Pessina, Federico Bernardeschi and Marco Verratti having potentially played their way into the XI, the former Man City boss has plenty of key decisions to make ahead of this one. Bryan Cristante has admitted that they have been studying Austria throughout the week and that his side will be fully prepared for this one.
Austria were superb against Ukraine in their final game with the ever-impressive David Alaba running the show. They are reasonably well-organised and won’t go down without a fight and they only conceded twice to the free-scoring Netherlands.
This won’t be a stroll for the Italians, however, they’re expected to get the job done without too much fuss.