Poland Under-21 vs Belgium Under-21 Match Info
Date: Sunday June 16 2019
Kick-off time: 5.30pm BST
Venue: Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore
Poland Under-21 vs Belgium Under-21 Head-To-Head Record
No previous competitive matches
Poland Under-21 vs Belgium Under-21 Stats
- Belgium won eight of their qualifying matches for this tournament and drew the other two
- Poland’s Dawid Kownacki was the overall top scorer in qualifying with 11 goals
- Although this is the first competitive meeting between these countries, they played two friendly games in 2002 and 2003 – Poland won the first 1-0 and the other was a 0-0 draw
Poland Under-21 vs Belgium Under-21 Match Preview
Belgium have missed the last five UEFA Under-21 Championships but waste no time in getting straight down to action on their return to the tournament in Italy.
Not since 2007, when they reached the semi-finals, and indeed only twice ever since this biennial championship was inaugurated in 1978 have Belgium Under-21s pitted their wits against the cream of the continent’s emerging talent.
But here they are contesting the first match with Poland in a tough-looking Group A, which also contains two of the five leading contenders for glory – hosts Italy and joint favourites Spain, who are sharing that status with England.
Of course, Belgium’s senior team are ranked No 1 in the world by FIFA and among the players who, in future years, will be expected to try and maintain that position after shining in this tournament are Watford winger Dodi Lukebakio, Huddersfield Town forward Isaac Mbenza and Club Brugge striker Siebe Schrijvers.
Poland, meanwhile, have a prolific marksman in Dawid Kownacki, who played alongside Lukebakio at Fortuna Dusseldorf in the season just ended and averages better than a goal every one-and-a-half games for his under-21 international side.
Although Poland needed to win a play-off against Portugal to qualify whereas Belgium won their group, they undoubtedly deserve their place in northern Italy thanks in no small part to Kownacki’s goals and look capable of opening their campaign by collecting a point.
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Poland Under-21 vs Belgium Under-21 Betting Tips
Draw @ 9/4 with Unibet
Under 2.5 goals @ 8/11 with Unibet