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Portugal U21 vs Croatia U21 Predictions & Tips - Trincão to take over at UEFA U21 Euros

  • Portugal U21 vs Croatia U21 predictions for Thursday’s UEFA U21 Euro match
  • The Group D clash is being played at 8pm GMT at Bonifika Stadium
  • Portugal U21 have won their last 7 matches
  • I am backing Portugal to win and Trincão to score
  • Preview, predictions, stats, squads & team news
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Mat Marshall 24 Mar 2021
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Portugal U21 vs Croatia U21 Predictions


Croatia snuck into the group stage and Portugal are expected to take all three points. Trincão drops back into the U21 side after featuring for the senior side and is backed to score.

  • Portugal U21 have won their last 7 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
  • Portugal U21’s Trincão scored 5 goals in his last 5 matches (UEFA U19 European Championship).
  • Croatia U21 have won 4 of their last 7 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).

Head to Head


This will be the first competitive match between Portugal U21 and Croatia U21. Portugal won 2-0 in a friendly in 2013.

Portugal U21 Form


Portugal won nine of their 10 qualifiers, the only blip coming in a 4-2 defeat to Netherlands. They won their last seven matches including a 2-1 against Netherlands in their final outing.

Rui Jorge’s side reached the group stage as one of the best second placed teams. They scored 21 goals in their final seven matches with three conceded.

Fábio Vieira was top scorer in the campaign with five goals. Dany Mota was next best with four, Diogo Queirós and Jota both netting three.

Portugal U21 Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, João Virginia, Luís Maximiano
Defenders: Diogo Leite, Diogo Queirós, Tiago Djaló, Diogo Dalot, Tomás Tavares, Thierry Correia, Pedro Pereira
Midfielders: Florentino Luis, Gedson Fernandes, Vitinha, Daniel Bragança, Fábio Vieira, João Mário, Pedro Gonçalves
Forwards: Dany Mota, Trincão, Francisco Conceição, Gonçalo Ramos, Tiago Tomás

Jota and Rafael Leão picked up injuries and withdrew from the squad. Pedro Neto and Nuno Mendes have been called up to the senior squad.

Trincão rejoins the squad and scored five goals in five matches as Portugal won the UEFA U19 European Championship in 2018. The Barcelona winger will be a key player alongside Fábio Vieira.

Croatia U21 Form


Croatia snuck into the group stage as the fourth best second placed team. They won six matches with two draws and two defeats.

Igor Biscan’s side lost two of their opening four matches but went undefeated in their last six. A huge 10-0 win against San Marino was followed by a 1-0 win in Greece and important 2-2 draw in Scotland.

Croatia U21 finished their qualifying campaign with a 7-0 home win against Lithuania. Petar Musa and Nikola Moro bagged braces with Dario Spikic, Marin Sverko and Bosko Sutalo on the score sheet.

Croatia U21 Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Adrian Šemper, Dominik Kotarski, Ivan Nevistić
Defenders: Domagoj Bradarić, Marin Šverko, Martin Erlić, David Čolina, Krešimir Krizmanić, Mario Vušković
Midfielders: Luka Ivanušec, Nikola Moro, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Bistrović, Darko Nejašmić, Mihael Žaper, Bartol Franjić, Hrvoje Babec
Forwards: Sandro Kulenović, Petar Musa, Dario Špikić, Dario Vizinger, Marko Divković, Matej Vuk

Dinamo Zagreb’s Luka Ivanušec was top scorer in qualification with seven goals. 

His club teammate Lovro Majer is a key player with both players featuring in Dinamo's comeback against Tottenham I the UEFA Europa League.

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Verdict

Portugal can get off to a winning start against a Croatia side that snuck into the group stage. 

Trincão scored five goals in five matches at the 2018 UEFA U19 European Championship and is backed in the goalscorer markets.

Best Bet: Portugal Win Full Time Result @-117.65 at Unibet - 3 Units
Value Bet: Trincão Anytime Goalscorer @250.00 at Unibet - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Trincão First Goalscorer @700.00 at Unibet - 1 Unit

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