These teams didn’t have luck with a group draw for this tournament as they have to compete with Spain and Italy who will likely finish in the top two positions.
Poland U21 vs. Belgium U21
• UEFA European Under-21 Championship
• Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia, Italy
• Sunday 16 June
• 18:30 CET
Poland U21 Team News
Poland qualified for the tournament for the first time since 1994 but considering they got here through the playoffs, they will be seen as one of the weakest teams at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
It’s seventh appearance for Poland who are without a medal thus far and they never made it to the semi-finals and it would be surprising if they do it here. Head coach Czesław Michniewicz selected 19 of 23 players out of the domestic league as only Bartosz Kapustka (Leuven), Karol Świderski (PAOK), Bartłomiej Drągowski (Fiorentina), and Dawid Kownacki (Fortuna Dusseldorf) are playing abroad.
Kownacki is the top scorer of this generation with ten goals in 14 games, which is an excellent record given that the rest of the squad combined for only seven.
Poland U21 Latest Form
Poland suffered a 2-0 defeat to Serbia in their previous international friendly before coming to Italy. Although they are without a defeat in eight of their last ten matches, the Poles are often inconsistent.
Kownacki has scored five goals in his last six U21 caps and is expected to lead the attacking line on Sunday. Kapustka has also been impressive for Poland in recent games and should play a crucial part in midfield.
Belgium U21 Team News
Belgium are also without a single medal at UEFA European Under-21 Championships so far and their best result was in 2007 when they reached the semi-finals. Johan Walem has a few talented individuals who can explode at this tournament. Dodi Lukebakio, Aaron Leya Iseka, Isaac Mbenza, and Orel Mangala and are Belgium’s most important players right now.
Belgium impressed in the qualifiers and they must be taken very seriously at this tournament. Spain and Italy will represent tough opponents but Belgium cannot be underestimated. Belgium impressed in the qualifiers and they must be taken very seriously at this tournament. Spain and Italy will represent tough opponents but Belgium cannot be underestimated. They were virtually faultless in the qualifiers, winning eight of ten games to make it to the Under-21 Championship.
Belgium U21 Latest Form
Belgium also lost their final test match as France beat them 3-0 in a friendly. They struggled to hit the net against strong France despite recording five attempts on target. Lukebakio has been impressive for Belgium lately with three goals in his previous four games. Playing alongside Aaron Leya Iseka and Isaac Mbenza, Lukebakio can be quite dangerous.
Lukebakio scored 11 goals in 23 appearances for Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he played with Dawid Kownacki. Dodi was there on loan from English side Watford and will be motivated to showcase his skills here in order to break into the Hornets’ squad.
Belgium are going into this tilt with seven straight competitive victories while their last four saw them score 13 goals.
Poland U21 vs. Belgium U21 Head to Head
This is the first ever encounter between Poland and Belgium at U21 level and even though they don’t know much about each other, Lukebakio and Kownacki played together at Dusseldorf. That means the coaches will be at least informed about opposition’s most dangerous players.
Poland U21 vs. Belgium U21 Betting Tip
Despite the fact that Belgium failed to get a victory in their previous three games, they were in top form in the qualifying group and ended ahead of Sweden, allowing just five goals in ten matches along the way. Poland upset favored Portugal in the playoffs but I don’t think they will make another surprise in this one and that’s why I am going with the Red Devils at 2.05 (+105). Poland didn’t find the back of the net in only two of their last 14 games while Belgium conceded even nine goals in the previous three matches, so I am suggesting you go with both teams to score at 1.90 (-110).