Euro Predictions 2024 | Spain vs Italy

Match Prediction: Spain vs Italy UEFA European Championship 2024

Italy, the reigning champions, are set to clash with Spain in what promises to be a thrilling group-stage encounter in Gelsenkirchen. Both teams will be desperate to advance from the group, and the victor of this match could secure the top spot in Group B. The fact that these two nations are ranked so closely in the FIFA rankings underscores the intensity of this match, making predicting who will win far from easy.




How did they qualify?

Italy's journey to the Euros was not without its challenges. A goalless draw in their final qualifying game against Ukraine saw them secure a spot in the top two for direct qualification, but it was a close call. Given their recent qualification campaigns, fans and players were likely relieved to have made it through.

Spain, in comparison, breezed through qualifying and experienced only one loss away to Scotland. They have a nice blend of youth and experience, and we are fascinated to see what the starting 11 will be for the tournament. Youth was given a chance during the qualifying stages, but will this change considering the pressure cooker of playing in the Euros?

Team Analysis

The manner in which the game will play out does appear obvious. We expect the Italians to be set up pragmatically, with Spain likely having the majority of possession and relying on the counterattack to break. That slightly underplays some of their attacking talents, but they know their success will rely on letting in very few goals.

On the other hand, Spain will look to have the lion's share of possession in this game and hope to turn this possession into goalscoring opportunities.

Players to watch

Spain are witnessing a new generation of players looking to make their mark on the international scene. They have some impressive youngsters who have already made a considerable impact at a domestic level.

- Pedri: This Barcelona man might still be only 21, but he is already playing for club and country and is pivotal to his team's chances of success. The Italians in this game will be looking to stop his influence

As seems typical, this Italian side will be reliant on a solid defence since its attacking lineup is far from explosive. A few players like this man below can provide moments of quality.

- Federico Chiesa: This forward was a huge part of the Italians winning the Euros during their last campaign. His goalscoring record is not so impressive, but that's only a tiny part of his game. An ever-present for Juventus, he is one of our favourites to watch since he has to rely heavily on his intelligence rather than blistering pace.


Spain have a lot more quality than this Italian side, but they are incredibly young, and this crafty Italian side will be very aware of that. The two squads suggest that Spain should be confident of knicking this one, but the defensive capabilities of the Italians also indicate that they are more than capable of keeping this young Spanish side at bay. We are backing a very narrow Italian win.