Spain were one of the most serious candidates to win this competition before Round 1 but following a loss to hosts Italy, they now must take three points against Belgium or their story at the European Under-21 Championship will be over. Belgium, on the other hand, suffered a defeat to Poland and it’s hard to believe they are good enough to respond against favored La Furia Roja.
Spain U21 vs. Belgium U21
• UEFA European Under-21 Championship
• Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, Italy
• Wednesday 19 June
• 18:30 CET
Spain U21 Team News and Latest Form
Spain came to this tournament as one of the biggest favorites alongside France, Germany, England, and Italy and they opened the encounter with the Italians very well. Dani Ceballos scored an absolute beauty from 25 yards to hand the Spaniards an early 1-0 lead but that was pretty much all we saw from them. Italy bounced back and scored three unanswered goals to secure a 3-1 win.
Following that defeat, Spain have minimal chances to end the group stage at the top their group and now they can hope to win the remaining two games and qualify for the semi-finals as the best-ranked side in the 2nd place. In case Italy drop points against Poland, this scenario could change a bit.
It was only the second loss in 16 games for La Furia Roja who were on a six-match unbeaten streak before the defeat. They also scored in each of those 16 games, so it’s hard to believe the Spaniards will fail to hit the net here.
Belgium U21 Team News and Latest Form
Belgium also opened their first match at this tournament very well and scored the first goal at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship through Aaron Iseka Leya. However, Poland scored three goals before Dion Cools softened the loss late in the tilt but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 3-2 defeat.
After recording nine consecutive wins, Belgium are now without a victory in the last four matches and they suffered three straight losses. Their defence is quite concerning as they allowed three goals in each of those previous four games and it would be a miracle if they keep their net intact here. On the other hand, Belgium did score in 13 of their last 14 games, so it’s clear that the offence is not an issue.
Spain U21 vs. Belgium U21 Head to Head
Spain and Belgium have met four times before and it’s interesting that Spain are still looking for the first win over the Red Devils, which is rather surprising. Belgium scored in each of those four duels while both teams scored in three of them.
Spain U21 vs. Belgium U21 Betting Tip
Even though they never beat Belgium so far, I am going with Spain to finally book their first win over the Red Devils as they are desperate for three points. Belgium are in a pretty much same situation as Spain but they are not good enough and I am going with La Furia Roja to win at 1.60 (-167). Belgium defence is catastrophic lately and I am backing Spain to score minimum two goals in this one, so you can go with Spain to win and score Over 1.5 goals at 1.90 (-110).