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Prediction: Italy vs Albania – Football News

Verdict: Italy wins & Under 4.5 goals

Best odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Dachbet

To kick off the EURO 24 adventure, defending champions Italy will face Albania at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening.

Italy

Let’s start with Italy. Despite having struggled to make it to this summer’s European Championships, the mood in their Azzurri camp will be running high. Luciano Spalletti’s men completed their preparations for EURO 24 with a 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina and look to be at their best at a crucial time. Some have tipped the reigning European champions as potential underdogs for next month, but the former Napoli coach has seen his team suffer just one defeat in their last 11 consecutive appearances in all competitions – a winning streak stretching back to the last 12 months. He will sense the chance to make an early statement on Saturday night and it is also worth noting that Italy have conceded just one goal in over 460 minutes of play.

Team News

Former West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca played a leading role in crowning Atalanta as Europa League winners last season and will lead Italy’s attack on Saturday night. PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was named captain ahead of this summer’s European Championships, will start between the sticks.

However, with Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella recently suffering an injury and missing Italy’s two matches prior to EURO 24, he faces a race against time to play at Signal Iduna Park.

Albania

As for Albania, who are taking part in the European Championship for the first time since 2016, Sylvinho’s side will surely enjoy their trip to Germany next month. Although they have completed their preparations with consecutive friendly wins against Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein, the Reds face a huge battle in the race for the famous ticket to the knockout stages. Sharing Group B with Italy, Spain and World Cup bronze medallists Croatia, the former Lyon coach faces a formidable challenge. Albania, who open their European adventure with a real challenge on Saturday night, should also be concerned about their pathetic record against Italy. Including a 3-1 defeat in their last meeting with the defending champions for a friendly in November 2022, Sylvinho’s side have lost all four of their historic matches by an aggregate score of 7-1.

Team News

Although it seems almost certain that Armando Broja will leave Premier League giants Chelsea for good in the summer, the 22-year-old will lead Albania’s attack on Saturday night. Kristjan Asllani, who has made 23 Serie A appearances for Italian champions Inter Milan, will start at the heart of Sylvinho’s midfield.

Thomas Strakosha joined Premier League side Brentford in January and will make two appearances in the top flight in the 2023/24 season. He will be between the posts at Signal Iduna Park.

Important factors to consider

  • When Italy and Albania last met in November 2022, the reigning European champions won 3-1.
  • The Azzurri have also won all four of their historic encounters against Saturday’s opponents by an aggregate score of 7-1.
  • Italy have suffered only one defeat in their last 11 consecutive appearances in all competitions – a winning streak that stretches back to the last 12 months.
  • Albania have only managed one win in their last eleven appearances on foreign soil.
  • The Reds have only kept one clean sheet in their last six matches in all competitions.

Diploma

Italy should go into Saturday night’s game to defend their European title feeling they have a real chance. The Azzurri completed their preparations for EURO 24 with a 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina and the mood in their camp should be running high. Spalletti’s team have lost just one of their last 11 games in all competitions and are therefore rightly considered outstanding contenders. Having won all four of their historic showdowns against Albania by an aggregate score of 7-1, we expect a similar result this weekend.

Verdict: Italy wins & Under 4.5 goals

Best odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Dachbet

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