Portugal U21 in-need of wins

Portugal U21 in-need of wins

Portugal U21 is needing to win their match against Belgium U21 for them to have a chance in the quarter-finals of the Europa U21. In their group standings, Portugal is currently at the bottom, while Belgium sits at the second spot. This will only be the second meeting between Portugal U21 and Belgium U21, with their first meeting is recorded back in 2007. Their first meeting ended in a goalless draw between Portugal and Belgium. Moreover, Portugal only kept two clean sheets in their last eight matches across all contests. Belgium on the other hand have been doing well on the road, as they last suffered defeat on the road in November 2020. This meeting will be on June 28, 2023, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Portugal U21

Euro U21: Portugal
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Portugal failed to exceed what is expected of them as they remain underwhelming during their campaign in the group stage. In fact, they have yet to win in the contest, which is why they remain at the bottom of their group standings. They opened their campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Georgia. Meanwhile, their second match ended in a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands, giving them one point. On that match, they actually led during the first half. However, they were not able to protect their lead, making their opponent tie the match. With that, they are in desperate need of wins if they still want a chance for the quarter-finals. It is just unfortunate that in their group, they are considered to be the team with the worst defense, as they already conceded thrice. Coming into this game, Portugal should find a way to halt their unfortunate run.

Considering that their squad is full of talented and experienced player, it is a surprise that Portugal failed to win any match. Nonetheless, they still rely with the talents of Nuno Tavares, Almeida, Pedro Neto, and Fabio Silva. Tomas Araujo on the other hand is returning here, after serving suspension on their last match.

Belgium

Euro U21: Belgium
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Belgium on the other hand is in a safe place in the group standings, as they are sitting at the second, but with only two points. Although they are sitting at the second, they do not have much advantage with Portugal. Just like Portugal, they remain to be winless in the group stage, but their matches all ended in draws. Due to these draws, Belgium is with two points, having a one-point advantage against Portugal. During their last match, it was Maxim De Cuypher, and Largie Ramazani who scored the goal in the first half. Unfortunately, they cannot protect their lead and their opponent equalized their score in the second half. This match is huge for Belgium, as a win in this match could guarantee them a spot in the knockout stage. They can gain confidence from the fact that they are unbeaten in their last six games across all contests.

Lois Openda remains to be in the squad of Belgium in this match, where they can rely on. Moreover, some changes might happen in their roster, which is yet to be determined.

Prediction:

Portugal U21 (1.0)
Odds: -0.95

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