Poland surprised with a couple of victories in the opening two matches and they even beat the hosts Italy in the process. Now, they need just a point to secure top spot in Group A and progress to the semis. On the other hand, Spain are looking for three points as a draw would not be enough and this tilt will be the biggest test for this generation.
Spain U21 Team News and Latest Form
Head coach Luis de la Fuente made three changes from an opening loss to Italy and it paid off against Belgium as the Spaniards secured a late, 2-1 victory.
Midfielders Mikel Merino and Dani Olmo were excellent in that win and the latter even scored an early goal. New West Ham United playmaker Pablo Fornals came off the bench and bagged a winner in the 89th minute. Former Villarreal midfielder should find his place in starting line-up against Poland.
Forward Borja Mayoral’s place in the first team is under threat following two forgettable performances and Rafa Mir could overtake his place in starting eleven. Spain suffered just two defeats in the previous three years and they scored in each of their last 17 games, so expect them to score at least one goal here as well.
Poland U21 Team News and Latest Form
After beating Belgium in their opening game, Czeslaw Michniewicz’s side defeated Italy with just 40% of ball possession and six attempts at goal, four of which were on target. They patiently waited for their opportunities on the counter, which proved to be a winning strategy.
Michniewicz made a great decision as he moved Krystian Bielik from central defence to midfield and Arsenal youngster scored the match’s only goal in the 40th minute.
Poland lost only two of their previous 16 matches and they didn’t suffer a single loss in qualifications, which is a fantastic achievement for Michniewicz. They failed to score in both of those defeats but did score in 14 of 16 games. Spain already conceded four goals at this tournament, so the Poles will definitely get some chances to score in this one.
Spain U21 vs. Poland U21 Head to Head
Spain and Poland have met on four occasions since 2007 and Spain were better in each of those duels but the latest one was played nine years ago.
Spain U21 vs. Poland U21 Betting Tip
The Poles will likely be looking to keep their net intact for as much as possible and they’re hoping Spain to become more nervous as the match goes on. Set-pieces are the Poles’ big weapon and I am backing them to score but the Spaniards have a better team and they’re playing attractive football, so my pick for this game is Spain to win with both teams to score at 2.75 (+165).