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Italy vs Albania, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

Italy Favorites to Feast on Albania in Euro Cup Encounter

  • The goal difference between Italy and Albania has never been above 2 goals.
  • Italy has won all the four head to head encounters against Albania
  • Italy are currently ranked 9th in the FIFA Rankings

Italy to Win 2-0

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

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Despite only qualifying for the Euro Cup once before, a young and hungry Albania team will face the legendary Italy squad in the fourth game of the group stage.  

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Having been 4-time World Cup champions and reaching four European Cup finals, Italy knows how to perform in big moments, which gives them boosted confidence. However, they haven't been past the FIFA World Cup group stages since 2006. This match is a great starting point for Italy to win the Euro Cup and motivate them to qualify for their first World Cup appearance since 2006. 

Nicolò Barella, with 9 goals in 53 appearances for Italy, and Jorginho, with 5 in 54, are the central midfielders who will help move the ball towards young Gianluca Scamacca, who has scored 12 goals for Atalanta this year. Their current leading goalscorer, Federico Chiesa, is tied with Barella for the most goals scored for Italy this year. 

Italy Probable Starting XI: Gianluigi Donnarumma(Goalkeeper); Matteo Darmian, Alessandro Bastoni, Alessandro Buongiorno (Defenders); Federico Dimarco, Bryan Cristante, Jorginho, Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Midfielders); Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Gianluca Scamacca (Forwards) 

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Hoping to play spoiler, Albania is finally waiting for a long-awaited opportunity to play in such a big tournament and grow their name like Netherlands, Denmark, and Greece did in the past. Tough results against Italy have been their story, but they are hoping to pull off an upset here as they aim for their second win in the competition. 

With Italy boasting so many goal-scoring options, Etrit Berisha will need to continue his top form from the past two months. Nedim Bajrami, with his 4 goals for Albania, will have to provide veteran leadership alongside defender Elseid Hysaj (84 caps, 2 goals) and midfielder Yiber Ramadani (35 caps). 

Albania could make this a very close match. It all comes down to their eagerness to win and whether their veteran leadership can match Italy's strategies.

Albania Probable Starting XI: Thomas Strakosha(Goalkeeper); Mario Mitaj, Berat Djimsiti, Ardian Ismajli, Elseid Hysaj (Defenders); Nedim Bajrami, Kristjan Asllani, Ylber Ramadani (Midfielders); Taulant Seferi, Jasir Asani, Armando Broja (Forwards)

One of the in-form teams in Europe and currently ranked in FIFA's top 10, Italy will hope to continue their goal-scoring form against a potentially vulnerable Albania defense. However, there is hope for Albania. They have a history of making things difficult for Italy, forcing them into close matches. 

Italy's experience will be a crucial factor and they have a proven track record of winning tight encounters, like their 2021 Eurocup final victory. 

With a veteran group led by captain Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy should be able to shut out Albania and score early goals to secure a vital opening group stage win. 

Italy to Win 2-0

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Author: Neev Chopra