Kick-off: 1730, 21/06/2019
Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi
TV: Sky Sports
England have given themselves a mountain to climb at the European Under-21 Championship and face another tough test when taking on a red-hot Romania side.
The Young Lions must try to recover from an opening 2-1 loss to France, but their next opponents were mightily impressive in beating Croatia 4-1 first up.
This has all the makings of a cracking contest and 17/20 for both teams to score is our initial England U21 vs Romania U21 prediction.
A Look At England U21 Betting Odds
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s stoppage-time own goal ensured England ended up with nothing to show for their efforts after an eventful clash with France at this venue.
Jonathan Ikone’s 89th-minute leveller had cancelled out Phil Foden’s superb solo strike in Cesena, where Les Bleuets missed two penalties and the Young Lions had Hamza Choudhury sent off.
Aidy Boothroyd reflected: “We could quite easily have gone in 3-0 up at half-time. I thought we were the better team by a long way in the first half.
“But if you don’t take your chances and stop your opponent, you put yourself in a vulnerable position.”
He added: “We are all very disappointed but we have no time for sulking. We have another game coming up and if we’re going to get out of the group, we need to get maximum points.”
There is plenty of evidence to suggest this will be another entertaining encounter and 17/5 for both teams to score in the first half catches the eye from the England U21 vs Romania U21 odds.
A Look At Romania U21 Betting Odds
Romania went into this tournament buoyed by an impressive qualifying campaign, which saw them take four points apiece off Portugal, Wales and Switzerland, as well as beating Bosnia and Herzegovina twice.
Palermo forward George Puscas was the leading scorer with seven goals and netted from the penalty spot to get the ball rolling versus Croatia.
Ianis Hagi, son of the great Gheorghe, grabbed the second and he has twice been nominated for the European Golden Boy award.
Although lacking experience in other areas of the squad, Romania were visually excellent when crushing Croatia, producing lots of sharp passing and movement around the area.
They will also take heart from a narrow 2-1 loss to England at Molineux 15 months ago and could be incredibly dangerous opponents if their self-belief holds up.
We think 29/20 for the underdogs to avoid defeat is tempting enough to feature in our England U21 vs Romania U21 betting tips.
ENGLAND 1-2 France – Foden
ROMANIA 4-1 Croatia – Puscas (pen), Hagi, Baluta, Petre
Head-to-head: England 2-1 Romania, England 3-0 Romania, Romania 0-0 England, England 2-1 Romania, England 1-1 Romania
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