Portugal U21s meet Spain U21s at the Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia on Tuesday evening, and the winner of this week’s encounter will finish the day top of Group B in the U21 European Championships.
Portugal U21 side are currently second in Group B with three points from their opening game, beating Serbia 2-0. Rui Jorge’s side are behind leaders Spain on goal difference and will therefore need a win on the night to leapfrog in the table. Portugal have been in fantastic form ahead of the meeting at the Stadion GOSiR, boasting three consecutive victories in all competitions, while being unbeaten since June 2015.
And in the two years they’ve failed to lose a game, Portugal have won 12 and drawn three from the 15 games. It’s worth noting Germany and the Netherlands are sides who have been dispatched by Rui Jorge’s side recently, and their defensive record has been outstanding too – conceding one or less goals in all but one of their matches in all competitions since November 2014.
As for their opponents, Spain U21s come into Tuesday’s meeting in fine form, three consecutive wins with 10 goals scored, but have been held in games in the last year that will give Portugal hope of getting a result. Austria drew with Spain in two meetings just days apart, while the likes of Sweden and Croatia have thwarted Spain too.
Albert Celades’s side is very strong, boasting stars such as Héctor Bellerín, Saúl Ñíguez, Denis Suárez, Marco Asensio and Gerard Deulofeu among others. Portugal perhaps don’t have as many recognisable faces to the masses, but the senior team’s success in the 2016 European Championships and the U21s long unbeaten run suggests the country are going places at many age levels.
With Portugal conceding less than one goal per game on average in their last half a dozen outings, while Spain have kept four clean sheets in their previous six, Total Goals Under 2.5 is 10/11 with Paddy Power. As for scorers, Portugal’s highly-rated Goncalo Guedes scored in the Serbia victory and has four goals in 10 games for the U21s. Guedes is 5/2 with Ladbrokes to score anytime.
Goals will be few and far between given the two sides’ impressive defensive records, and with Portugal boasting five wins in six, Portugal U21s to win and Under 2.5 goals is 5/1 with SkyBet