Italy Manager Luciano Spalletti (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

EURO 2024 Italy vs Albania 15th June: All you need to know

Italy take on Albania in their opening fixture for EURO 2024 on Saturday 15th June at 20:00. The game will be held at Signal Iduna Park, home to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. The game will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, and BBC Sport Online for UK viewers.

Italy and Albania have only faced each other three times in their history, with Italy emerging victorious on all three occasions. The most recent victory game on November 16th 2022, when Italy won 3-1 away from home against Albania. It’s safe to say that Italy are definitely the favourites heading into matchday one.

Match Information

Match Details

Date & Venue:

  • Saturday 15th June @20:00
  • Venue: Signal Iduna Park

Broadcast Information

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

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Preview for Italy vs Albania

Italy are the clear favourites heading into the opening game against Albania, and will need to ensure that they don’t stumble and miss out on a valuable three points considering their remaining opponents in the group consists of Spain and Croatia, against whom nothing will be guaranteed.

Just by taking a look at the difference in quality in their squads, as well as the fact that Italy have a 100% win percentage against Albania, it does not take much analysis to understand why Italy should be winning this game. With that said, Albania will not go down without a fight and do have the likes of Chelsea striker Armando Broja at their disposal. The young Chelsea forward can be a handful for defenders at times, so Italy will need to be weary of this threat.

Italy are also the current reigning European Champions and this will provided an added incentive to go and defend their title. Spalletti, whilst still new to the role is a manager who has proved himself at the highest level by winning the Serie A with Napoli and will have a strong spine of players to carry out his game plan, including the likes of Bastoni, Barella, Jorginho, and Scamacca.

Neither side are prolific in an attacking sense and both will set up to be hard to score against, but Italy without a doubt should have enough quality to get past a rigid Albania defence.

Predicted Lineups: Italy vs Albania

Italy Probable Starting XI

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

Albania Probable Starting XI

  • Formation (4-2-3-1): Berisha; Balliu, Djimsiti, Kumbulla, Hysaj; Asllani, Ramadani; Asani, Bajrami, Manaj; Broja

Where/How to Watch Italy vs Albania EURO 2024

Match Schedule

  • Date and Time: June 15th at 20:00

Broadcast Channels

  • BBC One

Live Streaming Options

  • BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Online


When does Italy play Albania?

Italy plays against Albania on June 15th at 20:00.

Where is the Euros match between Italy and Albania played?

The game will be played at the Signal Iduna Park.

Where can I watch Italy vs Albania on TV stream?

Viewers can watch the game live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, and BBC Sport Online.