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Italy vs Albania: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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          Footy Accumulators Prediction

          Italy enters this Euro 2024 opener against Albania as clear favorites, boasting a perfect record in their four previous encounters. While they've only managed to score two goals in two of their last four games, their historical dominance over Albania suggests a comfortable victory. Gianluca Scamacca, with the most shots on target for Atalanta in both Serie A and Europa League, could be the key to unlocking the Albanian defense. His clinical finishing could prove decisive in breaking the deadlock.

          Albania, making their debut in a major tournament, faces a daunting task in overcoming their historical struggles against Italy. While they will aim to make it difficult for the Italians, the quality of their opponents is likely to prove too much. Albania's midfield enforcer, Ylber Ramadani, known for his physicality and tendency to accumulate yellow cards, could find it challenging to contain Italy's creative midfield.

          Given the above, we predict a 2-0 victory for Italy.

          Euro 2024: Italy vs Albania Betting Tips

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          Gianluca Scamacca to Score First @ 4/1
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          Federico Chiesa to Score Anytime @ 9/4
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          Italy to win -1 Goal Handicap @ 6/5
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          Italy vs Albania: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

          Italy take on Albania in their first game of the European Championships, as they look to retain their title after their victory in 2021.

          • Date: 15/06/24
          • Kick-off time: 20:00
          • Venue: Signal Iduna Park

          Matchday one in Group B sees Italy take on Albania. It is a difficult group that also contains Spain and Croatia, so it will be crucial for each side to get off to a strong start. Italy are the current holders of the competition, looking to win it for the third time in their history. The Italians finished second in their qualifying group behind England, and ahead of Ukraine on goal difference.

          This will be just the second appearance at the Euros for Albania, with their debut campaign coming in 2016. They were eliminated in the group stages, so they will be hoping to make it further this time. In qualifying, they finished top of their group, ahead of Czech Republic on goal difference.

          Albania have scored six goals in their last two games, after scoring one in the previous four. This could give them some much-needed confidence heading into the tournament. However, they could find it hard to break down a tough Italy defense. They will be spearheaded in attack by Chelsea striker Armando Broja, who endured a frustrating second half of the season in which he scored zero goals on loan at Fulham. He did score in a friendly against Liechtenstein last week. Italy have been inconsistent in front of goal, as they have been shut out twice in their last six. They do have a number of attacking threats, though, such as Gianluca Scamacca, who has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Atalanta this season.

          These two countries have only met four times in the past. Unsurprisingly, Italy has been the dominant side, winning all four games. All fixtures have come in the last 10 years, the most recent being an international friendly in November 2022. This ended 3-1 to Italy, though Albania scored their first-ever goal in this matchup. It was also the opening goal in this game, scored by Ardian Ismaji. However, the Italians fought back to win, with strikes from Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Vincenzo Grifo completing the turnaround.

          Team News

          Italy

          Italy cut Riccardo Orsolini, Samuele Ricci and Ivan Provedel from their provisional squad. Francesco Acerbi and Giorgio Scalvini will miss out through injury. Destiny Udogie, Domenico Berardi and Nicolo Zaniolo are also injured.

          Albania

          Berat Djimsiti will captain the side, whilst Chelsea striker Armando Broja will hope to play a big role by leading the team in attack.

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          Form Guide: Italy vs Albania

          Italy

          In their last five games, Italy have won three and drawn two. The Italians have been in good form as they head into the European Championships unbeaten in this recent stretch. This run started with their final European qualifier, which they drew 0-0 with Ukraine to secure second place in their group above their opponents on goal difference. However, the game was clouded in controversy, as Ukraine felt they should have been awarded a penalty at the death.

          They then took part in a friendly against Venezuela, a 2-1 win. Mateo Retegui put them ahead, but Venezuela responded almost instantly with an equaliser. Retegui scored his and his side’s second goal of the game with 10 minutes to go to win the game. They followed this with another victory, this time 2-0 at Ecuador. Both goals came at either end of the game, the first in the third minute through Lorenzo Pellegrini. Chances were hard to come by for both teams, but the game was put to bed in second half stoppage time with a goal from Nicolo Barella.

          Their second goalless draw of the stretch came against Turkey. There was hardly anything to split the two teams, with both attempting two shots on target, and a mere 8% between them in possession. However, neither side could take advantage of their opportunities and find the breakthrough. Italy’s most recent game was a friendly with Bosnia & Herzegovina, in which they won 1-0 thanks to a Davide Frattesi goal.

          Albania

          In their last five games, Albania have won two, lost two and drawn one. It has been an inconsistent stretch for Albania heading into the Euros, but they have picked up form as of late with two wins in a row. The latest was a 3-1 friendly win over Azerbaijan. They took an early lead through Nedim Bajrami, before Rey Manaj and Qazim Laci added two more late on. Azerbaijan pulled one back in the dying minutes, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

          This followed another comfortable victory over Liechtenstein as they won 3-0. Striker Armando Broja broke the deadlock after half an hour, and Jasir Asani doubled the lead immediately after the restart. A third goal came from Ernest Muci to complete the scoring. It was a great response to what had been a poor international break in March. They suffered two defeats to Sweden and Chile. Against Sweden, they lost 1-0, attempting just one shot on target the entire match. The Swedes took advantage of one of their opportunities, with Gustaf Nilsson’s 62nd minute strike the slim difference between the sides.

          Chile beat them 3-0 the week before. Again they struggled in attack, this time mustering no shots on goal. Eduardo Vargas gave Chile the lead, which was added to late on by Marcos Bolados and Victor Davila. The first game of this run was a goalless draw with the Faroe Islands in the final European Qualifier. Albania were much the better side, but could not find a breakthrough. This result helped them finish top of their qualifying group.

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          Where to Watch

          Italy vs Albania will be available to watch on BBC One.

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