Two of the most serious candidates to win this year’s European Under-21 Championship are facing in the clash that could decide the winner of Group C.
England U21 vs. France U21
• UEFA European Under-21 Championship
• Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena, Italy
• Tuesday 18 June
• 21:00 CET
England U21 Team News
England won this competition twice (1982 and 1984) and after domination in the 80s and six straight semi-finals, they disappeared from football map in the next 17 years. The Young Lions bounced back in 2007 with semis in the Netherlands while they won silver medal two years after. England weren’t lucky in the semis of the 2017 Euros as they lost on penalties to Germany. They didn’t have problems to qualify for this year’s competition after winning qualification group ahead Netherlands, Ukraine, and Scotland.
Aidy Boothroyd has one of the most talented teams this season and head coach is delighted with numerous options in both midfield and attack. James Maddison, Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon, and Mason Mount will run the midfield while Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demarai Gray, Tammy Abraham, and Dominic Solanke will fight for places in the attack.
England U21 Latest Form
England were on a 19-game winning run but suffered a defeat in the final test prior to the European Under-21 Championship as Germany scored a game-winner in added time to get a 2-1 victory. Boothroyd’s men are in a fantastic goal-scoring form of seven matches in a row and netted 17 goals in the process.
France U21 Team News
France qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2006. The Little Blues won the tournament in 1988 and won silver medal in 2002 but failed to qualify for the last six Euros.
Lyon forward Moussa Dembélé is the biggest star in this team and he needs just three goals to match Péguy Luyindula’s record of 14 goals for the Little Blues. Head coach Sylvain Ripoll also has such talents as Houssem Aouar, Matteo Guendouzi, Dayot Upamecano, and Colin Dagba, to name a few.
France U21 Latest Form
Despite domination in the qualification group and nine wins with one draw, France are not in a good form right now. They recorded only one victory in the last seven games and suffered two losses in the previous three including the most recent one to Austria. However, scoring goals is not an issue for the Little Blues as they hit the net in 26 of the last 27 games.
England U21 vs. France U21 Head to Head
England and France will face for the sixth time and it’s interesting that the Young Lions never beat France. France won four of those five games and scored minimum two goals in all four while four of five duels produced goals on both ends.
England U21 vs. France U21 Betting Tip
Both teams have excellent players in attack but evident problems at the back and considering H2H record, we could witness one of the highest-scoring games of the opening round. These guys apparently don’t know how to play boring football, which is great news for the bettors who prefer playing on both teams to score. It’s hard to imagine they will stop at 1-1 and that’s why I am suggesting you go with BTTS and Over 2.5 goals at 2.10 (+110).