Italy U21 vs Spain U21 - Euro heavyweights to serve up open and exciting clash in Bologna

Hosts Italy and highly rated Spain tipped to produce goals
Italy U21 vs Spain U21
Italy U21's are expected to face stiff test from Spain U21 in 2019 U21 European Championship (Getty Images)

Italy U21 vs Spain U21 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Italy and Spain are set to serve up an open contest in their 2019 U21 European Championship clash. Both teams enjoy an expansive style of play and are tipped to produce BTTS at odds of 1.91. The Spaniards have also impressed lately and are good enough to earn a draw against the hosts at 3.10.

Italy U21 Form & Team News


Italy warmed up for the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Croatia in an International friendly. They took a two-goal lead in the first half through efforts from Alessandro Bastoni and Manuel Locatelli but conceded twice after the break.

It was the second straight draw for Luigi Di Biagio’s men who are five-time winners of the competition. The Italians are priced at 3.10 for a win on Sunday but I am going for BTTS here. Despite conceding in three of their last four matches, Italy usually make amends at the other end with their exciting attack.

Moise Kean is coming off a breakout season with Juventus and is expected to start on Sunday. The 19-year-old has already scored for the senior team and should form an exciting partnership alongside Roberto Orsolini and Patrick Cutrone.

Moise Kean
Italy U21 striker Moise Kean is expected to continue his recent rise with big perfomance for the hosts (Getty Images)

Spain U21 Form & Team News


Spain were victorious in their final friendly before the tournament as they defeated Austria 3-0. Carlos Soler grabbed a second half brace for the Spaniards while Marc Roca grabbed the third nine minutes from time.

Luis De La Fuente's men are also former champions of the tournament having lifted the trophy four times. They are unbeaten in their last five matches placing them at odds of 2.40 for a win on Sunday. 

Having failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their last 11 matches and given the quality in their attack, BTTS looks a more likely outcome here.

Soler is expected to retain his place in midfield following his brace against Austria. Mikel Oyarzabal is also set to start on Sunday having scored four goals in his last six U21 appearances.

Luis De La Fuente
Spain U21 head coach Luis de la Fuente has a rich attacking side that can hurt Italy (Getty Images)

Italy U21 vs Spain U21 Head to Head


Spain have a 4-1 advantage with one draw from six previous matches against Italy. There has been BTTS in four of the last five clashes between both teams while the most recent was a 3-0 victory for the Spain in a 2017 friendly.

Italy U21 vs Spain U21 Match Up


Italy have struggled in defence lately but often make up for it with their exciting attack. Kean and Orsolini are coming off a fine season in the Serie A and both men will be confident of getting past the Spanish defence.

Spain also have plenty of quality in attack, particularly with Oyarzabal who has impressed lately. With Soler also carrying a goal threat from midfield, the Spaniards should have enough quality to trouble the Italian backline.

Italy U21 vs Spain U21 Key Statistics 


  • Italy U21 have failed to keep a clean sheet in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Italy U21 are unbeaten in 5 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Spain U21 have failed to keep a clean sheet in 7 of their last 11 matches (all competitions).
  • Spain U21 are unbeaten in their last 5 matches (all competitions).

Verdict 


Italy and Spain have plenty of quality in attack but have shown frailties in defence. I am tipping BTTS here at 1.91 with both teams also predicted to cancel each other out for a draw at odds of 3.10.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 1.91 at bet365 – 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.10 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw @ 15.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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