Croatia vs Italy Predicted Lineups: Likely XI for both teams

Here are the predicted lineups for the Euro 2024 Group Game between Croatia and Italy taking place on Monday, June 24th 2024.

10:11am on Monday 24th June 2024
Jake Skudder

As Croatia and Italy prepare to face off in a crucial Euro 2024 group stage match, both teams are expected to make strategic changes to their lineups.

Here’s an in-depth look at the likely starting XIs for both sides, as they vie for a place in the last 16.

Croatia's Predicted Lineup

Goalkeeper and Défense

Croatia's defence will likely see Dominik Livakovic in goal, with a back four comprising Josip Stanisic, Josip Sutalo, Josko Gvardiol, and Borna Sosa.

Gvardiol, a standout at Manchester City, will be key in central defence, providing stability and leadership.


The midfield will feature veteran playmaker Luka Modric, who will be joined by Mateo Kovacic and young talent Luka Sucic.

Modric, fresh off a record-setting appearance, remains pivotal in orchestrating Croatia's attacks.

Sucic, replacing Marcelo Brozovic, is expected to bring fresh energy and creativity.


In the attacking third, Mario Pasalic, Ante Budimir, and Andrej Kramaric are expected to start.

Budimir's inclusion over Bruno Petkovic indicates a shift towards a more dynamic and pressing forward line, aiming to exploit Italy's defensive vulnerabilities.

Croatia's Possible Starting XI

Livakovic; Stanisic, Sutalo, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Sucic, Kovacic; Pasalic, Budimir, Kramaric

Italy's Predicted Lineup

Goalkeeper and Defense

Italy's defensive line will be anchored by Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal, who will captain the side.

The back four will likely include Matteo Darmian, Alessandro Bastoni, Riccardo Calafiori, and Federico Dimarco.

Darmian's versatility will be crucial, especially with Dimarco's fitness in question.


The midfield battle will see Nicolo Fagioli and Nicolo Barella at the heart of Italy's setup, tasked with both defensive duties and initiating attacks.

Bryan Cristante might be brought in for additional support, replacing the underperforming Jorginho.


Upfront, Italy's attack will be spearheaded by Mateo Retegui, with Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Mattia Zaccagni supporting from the flanks and central positions. T

his forward line aims to counter Croatia’s defense with pace and precision.

Italy's Possible Starting XI

Donnarumma; Darmian, Bastoni, Calafiori, Dimarco; Fagioli, Barella; Chiesa, Pellegrini, Zaccagni; Retegui

For all of the analysis of Croatia vs Italy as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

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