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Euro 2024: Italy vs Albania- Match Preview

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Italy will begin their defense of the European title against Albania in their Euro 2024 opener.

Italy aims for back-to-back Euros, while Albania hopes to progress from the group stage in only their second major tournament appearance.

Italy, competing in their 11th European Championship, could achieve their third win and emulate Spain and Germany by retaining the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

Despite being undefeated in six games, Italy faces tough competition in Group B from Spain, Croatia, and Albania.

Italy’s strong defensive record, including not conceding a goal in 317 minutes, will be crucial.

Albania, on the other hand, topped their group impressively and are poised to advance to the next stage of the competition.

In terms of squad selection, Italy may opt for a back four due to key absences.

Sandro Tonali who missed out on selection due to suspension will be replaced by Nicolo Fagioli in midfield.

Uncertainty remains over the starting goalkeeper for Albania between Thomas Strakosha and Etrit Berisha.

Possible lineups:

Italy possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Calafiori, Bastoni, Dimarco,Jorginho, Bryan Cristante, Frattesi, Pellegrini, Chiesa; Scamacca

Albania possible starting lineup:
E. Berisha; Hysaj, Ismajli, Djimsiti, Mitaj, Asllani, Ramadani; Asani, Bajrami, Seferi, Broja

 

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