Both Croatia and Romania get their campaigns underway at the Under 21 European Championships on Tuesday, with these two sides aiming to cause a shock this summer. The pair have landed a place in Group C alongside England and France, so their chances of making it through the group and into the semi-finals seem slim. Despite that, these two sides have done well to make it this far, while things could get even better for one of them in this encounter.
Romania are making their first appearance in over 20 years, while this is their second time at this tournament. Romania were quarter-finalists in 1998, but they return to the tournament this week aiming for another impressive run. After all, the senior side are trying to return to the European Championships next summer, while some of these Romania players could be included in that group if they can impress in Italy this month.
Can Tunisia make the perfect start to their Africa Cup of Nations campaign when they meet Angola this week? The North African side were impressive at the 2018 World Cup, pushing England and finishing up third behind two sides who went on to make the semis. They’re set to battle for top spot in this group alongside Mali, so Tunisia will need to take an early victory from their clash with Angola on Monday.
Tunisia have changed boss since their World Cup displays, as Alain Giresse has taken over aiming to build on their results in Russia. We saw their talented side last year, while they have certainly changed their style from the expected, functional side. Instead, Tunisia are creating attacking players, including Youssef Msakni of Qatar’s Al-Duhail, who is expected to impress after missing out on the World Cup last summer. Could he be the key to moving Tunisia forward this summer?
Angola had a golden period between 2006 and 2010, as they made the World Cup in Germany. They followed that with back to back quarter-final finishes in the Africa cup of Nations, including the 2010 tournament which they hosted. Since then it’s been a mix of failures to qualify or an inability to make it out of the group. Angola aren’t the side they once were, so we see Tunisia as worthy favourites for the points in this game.