Northern Ireland U21 – Spain U21 Prediction & Picks (22.03.2018)


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Northern Ireland U21 and Spain U21 meet at Shamrock Park, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Under-21 Championship (Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation.

Northern Ireland U21

The team got access to this phase of the UEFA Championship Under 21 (Qualifying Round) after the 2nd place won in Group 2, with a total of 10 points. In the last 5 UEFA U21 Championship matches, Northern Ireland U21 has 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 4 of the last 5 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 10 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which they suffered the first goal.

The Northern Ireland team started for this game with a 1-1 draw against Albania, adding in this way the following match without losing in this competition. At this time the Irish remain in the second position of Group 2, with 10 points won, minus 2 than Spain. Normally the trainer Ian Baraclough plays in 4-4-2, being Smyth and Parkhouse the most offensive references of the equipment of the house: the first player is very powerful and effective in the aerial game. However, the star of this selection is midfielder Jordan Thompson, a player of great technical quality and exempt in the offensive process. For this game the coach must use the same players as in the last match.

Spain U21

The team got access to this phase of the UEFA Under 21 Championship (Qualifying Round) after the 1st place won in Group 2, with a total of 12 points. In the last 4 matches for the UEFA U21 Championship the Spain U21 has 4 wins.

In this competition, he won the last 4 matches he played. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in all of the last 4 matches for this competition. This is a team that does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games, of these 12 came to the break in advantage in 9 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10 .

Spain comes to this day motivated, after having added another victory in this qualifying phase, this time on Slovakia, by 5-1: the goals were scored by Ceballos (3), Mayoral and Córdoba. In this game against Northern Ireland, coach Albert Celades must opt ​​for a more dominating strategy, seeking to attack in a more organized way, but in some moments of the match he must act in a more direct way. The number 10 Dani Ceballos is the great highlight of Spain, being the best score, with 4 goals scored. Everything indicates that the coach must act with a team similar to the last match.

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