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Romania U21 VS Croatia U21, home side may win

UEFA U21Romania U21 VS Croatia U21, home side may win

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Posted Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:17:40 GMT        

Match Time:6/19/2019 00:30 Wednesday(GMT+8)

UEFA European U-21 Football Championship---Romania U21 VS Croatia U21

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Romania U21: Impressive form in Asian market ( Recent Form: W W D L W )

Once great players such as Gheorghe Hagi, Gheorghe Popescu, Dan Petrescu, Dorinel Munteanu and Ilie Dumitrescu had the most successful time in Romanian football. In the 90s, the Tricolori was considered one of the best national teams in the world. In 1994, the Golden Generation under the direction of coach Angel Iordanescu, for example, reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup finals in the United States. However, in the past two decades, football in the Black Sea state has declined somewhat. The last World Cup participation dates from the year 1998 and also at European Championships, the Romanians have since 2000 (quarterfinals) torn anything. The association officials are all the more pleased that a new golden generation is currently forming which can write positive headlines in the footballer scene in the coming years. For the first time in 20 years, a Romanian U21 national team has managed to qualify for a European Championship in this age group. In the extremely difficult qualifying group with Portugal, Bosnia, Wales, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the protégés of coach Mirnel Radoi took first place after ten completed matches. Seven wins came in three draws, meaning that the Romanians in Italy and San Marino are only able to play for the second time in a U21 finals. The greatest strength of the outsider is certainly on the defensive. With captain Ionut Radu, a late-22-year-old keeper has come into focus, who could be the defining face in the Romanian goal for years to come. Together with the physically strong back four formed the keeper of FC Genoa one of the best defensives of the European Championship qualifiers. Just four goals in the mentioned ten games are a clear indication that the men in the yellow jerseys are difficult to beat. At the same time, the disciplined and stable style of play is reason enough to play in the opening match between Romanians and Croatia the (too) high odds on a success of the alleged underdogs. In addition to the Ionut Radu mentioned, players such as Dennis Man or George Puscas have already had their first experience in the senior team.


Croatia U21: After three good games ( Recent Form: D L D W W )

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Croats were still the big surprise team. Led by world-class pros like Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic, Dejan Lovren or Ivan Perisic, the "Vatreni" fought his way to the final, losing 2-4 against France. The question that many decision-makers in the association currently face is whether the substructure, in the form of the junior teams, is also strong enough to compensate for the imminent resignations of the abovementioned top performers. The squad of the U21 national team, which will represent the country in the coming two weeks in Italy & San Marino, is certainly not littered by absolute top talent. Youngsters like Ante Rebic, Duje Caleta-Car or Alen Halilovic were not nominated for the European Championship finals, although they would have been eligible to play in any event. From this, however, automatically conclude that the Croats do not take the tournament of the twelve best U21 teams one hundred percent serious, would still be the wrong approach. Nonetheless, at first sight, it is not clear to us why we should give a prognosis on the "Kockasti" in the duel between Romania and Croatia. With the exception of Filip Benkovic (Celtic Glasgow), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow) or Josip Brekalo (VfL Wolfsburg), there are no players in the squad who could make the difference on their own due to their CV and their estimated market value. Also, the advantage of past U-tournaments that the largest possible block of the national champion Dinamo Zagreb is under contract and thus knows from the daily training operation, this time is not a decisive factor in only three Dinamo professionals.



After all, Croats may have the better individual players, although Coach Gracan, in consultation with the association, among other things refrained to take A-national players like Ante Rebic or Duje Caleta-Car in the squad. The Romanians are on the other hand with their best squad at the start and after 20 years of abstinence in U21 finals finally want to cause a sensation again. We estimate the young Tricolori defensively a bit more stable and can therefore well imagine that in the end little things will be the decisive factor. Due to the fact that between Romania and Croatia, the odds for a tip on the Kockasti are too low, we have decided to risk a medium, value-laden operation on the Romanians.


Romania U21 VS Croatia U21

Pick: Romania U21 0.5

Romania U21 VS Croatia U21, home side may win

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