Spain’s place in the semis was under threat before Round 3 of the group stage, but they destroyed Poland and deservedly grabbed the top spot above the hosts Italy. On the other hand, France needed only a point in the clash with Romania and they ended the group phase in the second position.
Spain U21 vs France U21
• UEFA European Under-21 Championship
• Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna, Italy
• Thursday 27 June
• 21:00 CET
Spain U21 Team News and Latest Form
Spain answered to a 3-1 loss against Italy in their first European Championship match with a late, 2-1 win over Belgium before they dismantled Poland 5-0 in the final group tilt. Pablo Fornals had his first start and opened the scoring with Mikel Oyarzabal, Fabián Ruiz, Dani Ceballos, and substitute Borja Mayoral also scored for La Furia Roja.
Head coach Luis de la Fuente should make a lot of changes against France. Marc Roca made his first start against Poland and was excellent while all six players in midfield and attack contributed with goals and assists.
Spain had 69% possession against Poland with 33 shots in opposite to only four from the Poles, and given how quality their midfield is, we expect to see the Spaniards controlling the ball here as well.
France U21 Team News and Latest Form
France secured two tight victories in the first two games at the European Under-21 Championship as they defeated England and Croatia. In a match with Romania, Sylvain Ripoll’s side came away with a scoreless draw that saw France progress to the semis as the best second-placed team.
Winger Jonathan Bamba sustained an injury against England and will miss the rest of the competition, so fellow wingers Marcus Thuram and Jonathan Ikone will probably get a start in this one. Lyon star Moussa Dembélé will return to the starting eleven in place of Jean-Philippe Mateta while right-back Colin Dagba is also a candidate to start. Central defenders and RB Leipzig teammates, Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano, played every minute of the Euro and will need to stay extremely concentrated against the tricky Spaniards.
Spain U21 vs France U21 Head to Head
These teams have met six times so far, and France have a 2-1 lead with three draws. The last encounter at Stade Michel-d’Ornano in November 2018 finished 1-1 when Mikel Oyarzabal’s penalty was cancelled out by Jean-Philippe Mateta’s late strike.
Spain U21 vs France U21 Betting Tip
Spain are favorites at 2.00 (+100) odds, but unlike France who rested some of their important players against Romania, La Furia Roja had to use theirs against Poland. France allowed just one goal at this Euro, and it’s clear that Upamecano and Konate work together very well. Both sides scored in each of the previous two H2H duels and I am backing both teams to score at 1.80 (-125).