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Italy vs Albania Predictions & Tips – Azzurri Backed to Win & Keep Their Net Intact in Euro 2024

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Last updated: 13 Jun 2024
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  • Italy has shown better form, winning 3 of their last 4 matches
  • Albania faced struggles, failing to score in 3 of their last 5 matches
  • Azzurri expected to claim victory and to keep a clean sheet
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Italy have won to nil in 3 of their last 4 matches against Albania (Getty)

Italy vs Albania Preview 


Albania lost all their contests against mid or top tier teams in 2024. Italy failed to impress against Turkey and Bosnia, but I think they have what it takes to claim points and keep a clean sheet on Saturday. 
  • Italy vs Albania Preview 
  • Head to Head 
  • Italy Form 
  • Italy Squad & Team News 
  • Albania Form 
  • Albania Squad & Team News 

  • Italy have won 3 of their last 4 matches. 
  • Italy have won to nil in 3 of their last 4 matches against Albania. 
  • Italy have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 matches. 
  • Albania have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 matches. 

Head to Head 


Italy have a 4-0 advantage against Albania in 4 matches. 

They last met in November 2022, the game being won by Italy 3-1 in Tirana. 

Italy Form 


Gli Azzurri failed to impress in their recent home appearances. Against Turkey, they ended in a 0-0 draw with 0.67-0.68 expected goals, 55% possession, and 11-10 shots. In the match against minnows Bosnia, they narrowly won 1-0, with Davide Frattesi scoring the only goal. 

Italy qualified for EURO 2024 as the 2nd placed team from Group C, winning just four of their eight games. They finished behind England but ahead of Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta. 

Luciano Spalletti’s men performed well in their two international friendlies in March. First, they defeated Venezuela 2-1, with Mateo Retegui being the man of the match after scoring a brace. 

A few days later, Italy triumphed over another South American side, beating Ecuador 2-0 in New Jersey. Lorenzo Pellegrini broke the deadlock in the 3rd minute, and Nicolo Barella secured the final score in stoppage time. 

Italy Squad & Team News 


Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (captain), Alex Meret, Guglielmo Vicario   
Defenders: Ivan Provedel, Matteo Darmian, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Alessandro Bastoni, Federico Dimarco, Gianluca Mancini, Alessandro Buongiorno, Federico Gatti, Andrea Cambiaso , Raoul Bellanova, Riccardo Calafiori   
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella, Jorginho, Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Davide Frattesi, Samuele Ricci, Nicolo Fagioli, Michael Folorunsho   
Forwards: Federico Chiesa, Stephan El Shaarawy, Giacomo Raspadori, Gianluca Scamacca, Riccardo Orsolini, Mateo Retegui, Mattia Zaccagni   

Nicolo Barella, Davide Frattesi and Nicolo Fagioli are doubtful.

Rafael Toloi, Domenico Berardi and Francesco Acerbi are injured.   

Ciro Immobile, Marco Verratti, Manuel Locatelli and Giacomo Bonaventura were not called up. 

Albania Form 


This is going to be Albania’s second appearance in Euro, qualifying once so far in 2016. They topped Group E with 15 points from eight matches ahead of Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova and Faroe Islands. 

The Red and Blacks were successful in their June international friendlies, earning two straight victories against Liechtenstein 3-0 and Azerbaijan 3-1, Nedim Bajrami ending these matches with one goal and two assists. 

Albania struggled in their March friendlies though where they suffered back to back defeats against Chile 3-0 and Sweden 1-0. 

Albania Squad & Team News 


Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha, Elhan Kastrati, Thomas Strakosha 
Defenders: Iván Balliu, Mario Mitaj, Elseid Hysaj , Arlind Ajeti, Berat Gjimshiti (captain), Enea Mihaj, Ardian Ismajli, Marash Kumbulla, Naser Aliji 
Midfielders: Klaus Gjasula, Nedim Bajrami, Qazim Laçi, Medon Berisha, Ernest Muçi, Ylber Ramadani, Kristjan Asllani, Amir Abrashi  
Forwards: Rey Manaj, Jasir Asani, Armando Broja, Taulant Seferi, Mirlind Daku, Arbër Hoxha 

Arbnor Muçolli is injured. 

Armando Sadiku was not called up. Sokol Cikalleshi retired from the national team in March. 

Verdict

Both sides had some questionable appearances in 2024, but Italy are be ahead in terms of quality and experience. I will back them to claim three points on Saturday and keep a clean sheet. 

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