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Easy Victory for Italy vs Albania in Euro 2024 Opener? Not So Fast

Time for the UEFA Euro reigning champs, also known as Italy, to make their debut in the 2024 edition. As expected, the Azzurri are heavily favored in the soccer odds to beat Albania, they’re offering a -250 price to win straight up. However, keep in mind that the Red and Blacks won their group during the qualifiers and they conceded five fewer goals than Italy.


Easy Victory for Italy vs Albania in Euro 2024 Opener? Not So Fast
Gianluca Scamacca | Domenico Cippitelli / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

Italy vs Albania Match Information

  • Match: Italy vs Albania
  • Date: Saturday, Jun 15
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
  • Italy vs Albania Live Stream: Fubo.tv


Italy Not at Best Level

Italy almost failed to qualify directly for the UEFA Euro 2024. The Azzurri finished second in Group C, six points behind England and tied with Ukraine. The goal-difference saved the reigning champs from falling into disgrace.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, one of the main reasons for Italy to win the title in 2021, isn’t the same. In fact, a lot of people believe that he was the reason for Kylian Mbappe not winning a UEFA Champions League title with PSG.

The good news is that the defensive unit also includes three players from Inter Milan, the team that won the Serie A title with a 19-point difference over second place. I’m talking about Alessandro Bastoni, Matteo Darmian and Federico Dimarco. The chemistry between the three is undeniable.

Prior to making its debut in the UEFA Euro, the Azzurri faced Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina. They managed to keep a clean sheet in both matches. In other words, Italy remains one of the best defensive teams out there.

That doesn’t mean the attacking unit is bad. Keep an eye on Gianluca Scamacca, who was crucial for Atalanta to win the UEFA Europa League title. There’s also Federico Chiesa, considered one of the best wingers in the game.




Italy vs Albania Betting Tips

  • Italy won the last meeting between the two 3-1.
  • Albania is winless against Italy (0-0-4).
  • Both scored in one of their four encounters.
  • The total has gone over 2½ goals in one of their previous four meetings.
  • Italy averages 1.75 goals per game when facing Albania.
  • Albania averages 0.25 goals per game when facing Italy.
  • Average number of goals in meetings between these two is 2.0.
  • Italy wins 54 percent of haltimes, Albania 50 percent.


Albania Surprised Everyone During Qualifiers

Albania wasn’t supposed to qualify for the UEFA Euros. I mean, Poland and the Czech Republic were the betting online favorites to win Group E, but the Black and Reds finished atop the standings with 15 points. The Czech Republic also finished with 15 points, but Albania won the crown thanks to a better goal-difference.

I’m on board with the Black and Reds being the betting online underdogs, but I’m not sure about the +752 price. They also own one of the best defensive units in the game and the attacking unit is led by Nedim Bajrami, who plays for Sassuolo in the Serie A.

Bajrami playing for Sassuolo could end up being crucial because he has all the intel on Italy’s Scamacca.

Before making its debut in the UEFA Euros, the Black and Reds defeated Liechtenstein 3-0 and Azerbaijan 3-1. I know, neither can be compared to Italy, but winning will always be important prior to playing in a major tournament. Especially because Bajrami scored against Azerbaijan, which means you can expect him to be highly motivated. Plus, Jasir Asani, who scored three goals during the qualifiers, scored against Liechtenstein.

I’m not saying Albania will pull off the stunner, but I’m sure the Black and Reds will put up a good fight. Enough to score and contribute for the total to go over. That’s right, I like Italy winning a close one with 2-1 as the final score.



Questions Of The Day

What are the odds for Italy to win the UEFA Euro title?

At the time of writing, Italy is +1400 to win the European Championship.

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