Kick-off: 1700, 31/05/2021
Stadium: Bozsik Arena
France look as though they mean business at U21 Euro 2021 and are fancied to see off Netherlands in their Budapest quarter-final.
Les Espoirs reached the semi-finals two years ago and head into this tournament with some big-name players in key positions.
We’re happy to take 6/5 for Sylvain Ripoll’s side to prevail in normal time for our first Netherlands U21 vs France U21 prediction.
A Look At Netherlands’ Betting Odds
Netherlands lifted this trophy in 2006 and 2007 but are now returning to the finals following an eight-year absence.
They shaded a tight qualifying group after drawing with Romania and Germany and then romping to a 6-1 win over Hungary.
Head coach Erwin van de Looi suffered a setback when PSV forward Cody Gakpo was promoted to the senior squad for Euro 2020.
However, AZ Alkmaar playmaker Dani de Wit and front man Justin Kluivert, son of Holland great Patrick, should still provide a useful attacking threat.
Kluivert only scored three times for RB Leipzig when on loan from Roma this season but one of those was in a 3-2 Champions League win over Manchester United.
The Dutch do seem a little short on quality at the back, though, so 4/1 for them to lose and both teams to score appeals from the Netherlands U21 vs France U21 odds.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
Former Lorient boss Ripoll helped France make the last four in 2019 after they had missed out on six consecutive tournaments.
Their qualifying campaign began with a 1-0 loss to Denmark but 2-0 victories over Russia and Iceland proved enough to progress.
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard hit the target in both of those wins and has an outstanding record at this level.
Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga has been linked with a whole host of major clubs while the same can be said of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier is in the squad but Alban Lafont of Nantes is expected to start between the sticks.
Let’s add 17/2 for Les Espoirs to prevail 2-1 to our Netherlands U21 vs France U21 betting tips.
NETHERLANDS 6-1 Hungary – De Wit, Boadu, Gakpo (2), Botman, Brobbey
Iceland 0-2 FRANCE – Guendouzi, Edouard
Head-to-head: France 4-1 Netherlands, France 1-1 Netherlands, France 2-1 Netherlands
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