Spain U21 VS Portugal U21 Preview and Prediction

UEFA European U-21 Football Championship - Spain U21 VS Portugal U21

Kick off: 03-06-2021 16:59 Thursday(GMT+1)

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MATCH PREVIEW

Spain U21 and Portugal U21 will meet in the semis after edging their opponents. Spain U21 labored a bit but as expected, eliminated Croatia U21, and their title defence continues into the last four. La Rojita are in the chase for a sixth Euro U21 title and they head to this game on the back of a fine run. Ordinarily, they should be favorites for this game but with the way they made hard work of their game against Croatia U21, they’d be expected to fight harder here. Spain U21 met a resolute Croatia U21 in the quarters but stayed in control, even taking the lead on 66 minutes, but many missed chances came to haunt them as Croatia U21 leveled in the 90th minute to send the clash to extra time. A second goal from Javi Puado in the 110th minute won it for Spain U21 and they are now unbeaten in their last 19 matches. In their last 10 matches, Spain U21 have kept eight clean sheets and they’ve scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight matches.

 

Portugal U21 showed in their game against Italy U21 that they aren’t pushovers but they will have defensive concerns to address if they really wish to handle Spain U21. They raced to a 2-0 by the half hour mark and on 58 minutes were 3-1 up but they blew this as Italy U21 forced the game to extra time. Portugal U21 benefitted from Italy U21’s misfortune, after Matteo Lovato’s sending off but they will take the full credit for scoring five against the former champions. Now they have to be at their best against the current champions and after keeping straight clean sheets at the group stages, they will hope to improve on their defensive discipline. One thing that can’t be denied about Portugal U21 is their attacking prowess, having scored 11 goals so far in the four matches they’ve played. They now have 11 straight wins and are unbeaten in 12 matches.

 

KEY STATS

Spain U21 have scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight matches.

Portugal U21 have 11 straight wins.

Spain U21 are unbeaten in their last 19 matches.

Portugal U21 have scored 11 goals in the four matches played at this competition.

Spain U21 have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 matches.

 

BETTING VERDICT

After a fine run at the group stages, Portugal U21 showed a serious deficiency in defence when they took on Italy U21. It was their first very serious game, and the difficulty goes a step up when they face Spain U21. A porous defence is all Spain U21 will want in the semis and they will definitely be reviewing that game. Portugal U21 have done well in the competition but with an exposed defence expect Spain U21 to punish them. Go for a Spain U21 win.

 

Spain U21 VS Portugal U21

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Spain U21 VS Portugal U21 Preview and Prediction

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