Italy vs Albania Predicted Lineups: Likely XI for both teams

Here are our predicted lineups for the European Championships Group B match between Italy and Albania from the Signal Iduna Park

 
7:30am on Saturday 15th June 2024
By
Martin Macdonald

Italy's defence of their Euros crown begins this Saturday when they face Albania in Group B at the Sigal Iduna Park.

Both Luciano Spaletti and Sylvinho have some selection issues to deal with, particularly the Azzurri boss, so lets see how the squads are shaping up heading into this one.

Italy Team News

Luciano Spalletti is missing a number of key players for this tournament due to injury including Francesco Acerbi, Giorgio Scalvini, Domenico Berardi, Nicolo Zaniolo and Destiny Udogie.

Sandro Tonali remains suspended on a gambling ban.

David Frattesi, Nicolo Barella and Nicolo Fagioli have all had minor muscle issues heading into this game but should be available to Spalletti.

With Ciro Immobile not included in Spalletti's squad, it looks like a straight choice between Gianluca Scamacca and Mateo Retegui for the centre-forward spot.

Davide Frattesi scored in the friendly win over Azerbaijan so he might get the nod ahead of Lorenzo Pellegrini.

The Italy manager has been experimenting with formations recently so he could go for either a 3-4-2-1, a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3.

Key player - Italy

With plenty of key players missing, there will be a lot of pressure on Nicolo Barella in the engine room for Italy. Nobody set up more goals in qualifying for the Azzurri than the Inter man.

27 yrs - M (C) - Inter
78
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
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2860
Played matches
37
2
3
Touches P90
79.05
Duels won P90
3.84
Successful passing %
86%
Final third passes P90
23.60

Albania Team News

As for Albania, Sokol Cikalleshi announced his retirement from international football after not being named in Sylvinho's squad, so Chelsea's Armando Broja will lead the line despite playing little football at club level this season.

Berat Djimsiti, Kristjan Aslanni, Nedim Bajrami and Marash Kumbulla all ply their trade in Italy.

The team tend to be deployed in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Key player - Albania

Nedim Bajrami scored three goals in qualifying including a key equaliser against the Czech Republic.

25 yrs - AM (C), W (R) - Sassuolo
68
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
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1311
Played matches
28
2
2
Shots P90
2.20
Duels won P90
2.61
Successful passing %
83%
Final third passes P90
11.11

Italy vs Albania lineups

Italy (3-4-2-1): Donnarumma; Darmian, Buongiorno, Bastoni; Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Barella, Dimarco; Frattesi, Chiesa; Scamacca

Albania (4-2-3-1): Berisha; Hysaj, Ismajli, Djimsiti, Mitaj; Asllani, Ramadani; Asani, Bajrami, Seferi; Broja

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

FAQs

What was the score the last time Italy played Albania? In November of 2022, Italy defeated Albania 3-1 away in an international friendly.

What time does the match kick-off? The game commences at 2000 GMT.

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