France came from behind to defeat England in an interesting clash and now are in a situation to check their place in the semi-finals with another victory here. On the other hand, Croatia were a huge disappointment in a 4-1 loss to Romania and the second defeat would mean elimination for them.
France U21 vs. Croatia U21
• UEFA European Under-21 Championship
• San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
• Friday 21 June
• 21:00 CET
France U21 Team News and Latest Form
France were lucky enough to record a win against England in their opening UEFA U21 European Championship match. Moussa Dembele failed to convert a penalty in the first half and Paul Foden scored for England early in the second half. Still, the course of match changed after Hamza Choudhury received a straight red card. Houssem Aouar also missed a penalty but Les Bleuets scored two late goals to seals the victory.
Sylvain Ripoll’s side held England to only one attempt on target, largely because of the defensive duo of Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano. Matteo Guendouzi or Jean-Philippe Mateta are the candidates to get a starting nod in this one.
France won just two of the previous seven games but hit the net in 26 of the last 27 and from what we saw in the encounter with England, they will create a bunch of goal-scoring opportunities here. However, the defence is not very good as they conceded at least a goal in seven of their last eight games. Also, Croatia scored in every game since 2013 and France will find it hard to keep their net intact.
Croatia U21 Team News and Latest Form
Despite being favorites in a game against Romania, Croatia suffered a disappointing 4-1 loss. Several individual mistakes cost Nenad Gracan’s men as they conceded two quick goals early in the tilt while Nikola Vlasic’s goal turned out to be just a consoling one.
Winger Josip Brekalo sustained a nasty knee injury and not only that he’s unavailable for this tilt, Brekalo will also miss the remainder of the tournament. Vlasic must step up as the biggest star in this team and he must deliver in a vital game for the Young Blazers.
Croatia failed to keep their net intact in three of their last four matches and this big loss to Romania was the second time in four games they conceded four goals. Their attack is a better part of the team, though, as the Young Blazers scored minimum a goal in each of their previous 39 matches, which is a great record.
France U21 vs. Croatia U21 Head to Head
These foes have met on two occasions thus far and France have a victory with one draw. Following a 3-1 win in 2010, France and Croatia drew 2-2 in a friendly clash played at the Stade Pierre Brisson. Jean-Philippe Mateta scored the opening goal for the hosts; Alen Halilovic and Filip Uremovic answered for Croatia while Jonathan Bamba’s equalized late in the match.
France U21 vs. Croatia U21 Betting Tip
Each team has a great goal-scoring record recently and we already saw at this tournament that it is hard to keep the clean sheet, so that’s why we’re not suggesting to back France at 1.45 (-223) odds, despite we believe they will get a win. If you plan to bet on France, you better do it in combination with both teams to score at 2.87 (+187), given the recent form and H2H duels.