EURO 2024 Spain vs Italy 20th June: All you need to know

Spain vs Italy is definitely one of the standout fixtures in the group stages, most likely attracting more neutrals to tune in than any other fixture. Both teams are level on points after winning their opening games, with Spain currently topping the group on goal difference. The result of this match will be crucial in determining who finishes top of Group B. Read our article to find out everything you need to know ahead of the game, including team news, match preview, TV scheduling, and more.

Match Information

Match Details

Date & Venue:

  • Thursday 20th June @20:00
  • Veltins-Arena

Broadcast Information:

  • TV Channels & Streaming Options: BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Online

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Strong Start for Spain

Despite not being considered as strong a favourite as other major nations like France, England, Portugal, and Germany, Spain definitely gave us one of the most convincing performances of the tournament so far with their 3-0 win over Croatia. Under the guidance of manager Luis de la Fuente, Spain deployed a new tactical approach that has the potential of taking them all the way this summer.

In recent history, Spain has become known for their “tiki-taka” style of play, but have now seemed to move away from that philosophy in favour of a more direct and effective approach. This could take more teams by surprise as it did Croatia, allowing Spain to have better control of their upcoming games.

The youngest player to ever play in a European Championship, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, was one of the best performers on the pitch against Croatia as he dominated play on the right flank by being a constant threat to the Croatian defence, eventually resulting in an important assist. Keep an eye out for Yamal as a potential candidate for young player of the tournament.

Italy Bounce Back After Shock Start

Despite being reigning champions, many fans felt that Italy are not what they once were after missing out on World Cup qualification in 2022. Safe to say, those concerns grew after a shocking start, where the Azzurri conceded the fastest goal in the history of the Euros against underdogs Albania. The goal was a result of a poor throw-in from Federico Dimarco, ultimately allowing Nedim Bajrami to bury the chance from an extremely tight angle.

Italy proved their mental fortitude by overcoming the shock start by winning the game 2-1. They displayed an impressive ability to grind out a result, despite not playing their most attractive brand of football. Moreover, it has to be mentioned that Italy were also missing several key players, making the comeback even more impressive. This also comes as no surprise, as manager Luciano Spalletti is well-known for instilling good tactical discipline and grit into the sides he has coached.

22-year-old Ricardo Calafiori has received plenty of plaudits for his EURO debut, with many calling the Bologna defender a “throwback” to the classic Italian centre-back. Calafiori looked composed and calm on the ball which took the pressure off his teammates and helped them pick up the three points. Not the easiest of tasks for such a young defender after going a goal down so early on, showcasing his leadership qualities.

Predicted Lineups: Spain vs Italy

Spain Probable Starting XI

  • 4-3-3: Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Grimaldo; Rodri, Olmo, Ruiz; Yamal, Morata, Williams

Italy Probable Starting XI

  • 3-4-2-1: Donnarumma; Darmian, Bastoni, Calafiori; Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Barella, Dimarco; Chiesa, Pellegrini; Scamacca

Match Prediction for Spain vs Italy

With Spain’s direct approach and Italy’s defensive resilience, this game looks set to be an exciting tactical battle. It’s a game that will most likely be won depending on who can control the midfield. Will Spain’s fluidity and creativity outclass Italy’s determination?

Italy’s defence will have a tough job on their hands to keep Yamal quiet, who absolutely tormented Croatia’s defence in the first game. Meanwhile, Barella will need to stamp his authority on the midfield to push Italy up the pitch and create chances for the likes of Chiesa.

Spain and Italy are two of the most historic international sides and have had many encounters against each other in previous tournaments, creating a sense of rivalry which should only add to the occasion on Thursday night. Spain have won the last three out five against Italy, giving them a bit of a psychological edge here, but this is tournament football and anything can happen.

Ultimately, both sides will be desperate to top the group to earn a more favourable route to the final and both will believe they can win the game. The match has all the ingredients needed for a fiery occasion.

Where/How to Watch Spain vs Italy EURO 2024

Match Schedule

  • Date and Time: June 20th at 20:00

Broadcast Channels:

  • ITV

Live Streaming Options

  • ITVX


When does Spain play Italy?

The game will kick off on Thursday 20th June at 20:00.

Where is the Euros match between Spain and Italy being played?

The game will be played at the Veltins-Arena.

Where can I watch Spain vs Italy on TV stream?

Viewers can watch the game live on ITV and ITVX.