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Italy v Albania: How to watch, TV channel, kick-off time, head-to-head stats and team news

European champions Italy begin the defence of their crown with a Group B showdown against Albania at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund on Saturday.

Two-time winners Italy qualified as group runners-up behind England, whereas Albania made it through to just their second major finals by pipping Czech Republic and Poland for top spot in their qualifying section.

Italy v Albania

How to watch Italy v Albania and TV channel

Italy v Albania is available to watch on BBC1, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

Italy v Albania kick-off time, date and venue

Italy v Albania will kick off at 20:00 on Saturday 15th June at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund.

Italy v Albania stats and head-to-head record (H2H)

Italy are unbeaten in their last six matches and have kept clean sheets in each of their last three.

The Italians' last five matches have produced just six goals.

Albania's eight games in qualifying produced just 16 goals, the Red and Blacks conceding only four.

They did not concede more than once in any match. Only France and Portugal let in fewer goals than Albania during qualifying.

The countries have met four times, all since 2014, and Italy have won all four matches, three of them to nil.

Italy v Albania head-to-head record (H2H)

Italy wins

4

Draws

0

Albania wins

0

*H2H stats refer to all competitions

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Italy v Albania team news

Italy team news

Inter Milan midfielder Nicola Barella has returned to training following a thigh strain.

There is still a question mark over whether Luciano Spalletti will deploy a 3-4-2-1 or 4-2-3-1.

Nicolo Fagioli should miss out with Gianluca Scamacca seemingly nailed on for the central striker's role.

Albania team news

Albania will lean heavily on a group of stars who ply their trade in Serie A, with quite possibly seven members of Sylvinho's starting XI on the books of Italian clubs.

Central striker, Fulham's Armando Broja, is one of the exceptions and will spearhead a probable 4-5-1 set-up.

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