Euro 2024 Group B Predictions: Who Will Qualify for the Last 16?

Here are our predictions for Group B of Euro 2024, which includes Spain, Italy, Croatia and Albania in the "group of death"

 
6:15am on Thursday 13th June 2024
By
Jake Skudder

Euro 2024's Group B is labelled the "group of death" due to the presence of three top-tier teams and one underdog.

The group consists of Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Albania. The high level of competition ensures that predicting the qualifiers will be a thrilling challenge.

Spain: The Top Contender

Spain enters Euro 2024 as the favourites to top Group B. With a balanced mix of youth and experience, the Spanish squad has shown excellent form in recent tournaments, including winning the latest Nations League.

Key players like Pedri and Ferran Torres provide creativity and goal-scoring prowess, making Spain a formidable opponent.

Prediction

We're expecting Spain to win Group B, given their strong squad and recent performances.

Their tactical flexibility and depth make them a top contender not only to qualify but to advance deep into the tournament.

Italy: Defending Champions in Transition

Italy, the reigning European champions, face a transition period with new manager Luciano Spalletti.

The retirement of defensive stalwarts like Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini leaves questions at the back, while their attack lacks consistency.

However, Italy’s experience and competitive nature can't be underestimated.

Prediction

Italy is likely to qualify for the knockout stages, possibly as the second-placed team.

Their tactical discipline and history of rising to big occasions provide a solid foundation to advance, even if they face challenges.

Croatia: Experienced but Ageing

Croatia's golden generation, featuring Luka Modrić and Ivan Perišić, is nearing its twilight.

While they have performed well in recent World Cups, their track record in European Championships is less impressive.

The team’s ageing squad might struggle against the pace and intensity of Spain and Italy.

Prediction

Croatia might finish third in Group B but could still qualify as one of the best third-placed teams.

Their experience and quality in midfield will be crucial in tight matches.

Albania: The Underdog

Albania is the underdog of Group B, facing a daunting task against three football giants.

Ranked 66th in the FIFA rankings, they are expected to finish at the bottom of the group.

Their primary goal will be to gain experience and possibly spring a surprise or two.

Prediction

Albania is likely to finish last in Group B. Despite their fighting spirit, the gap in quality and experience compared to their opponents is significant.

Final Predictions

Spain to win Group B

Italy to finish second

Croatia to potentially qualify as one of the best third-placed teams

Albania to finish fourth

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