Romania U21 take on the visitors Armenia U21 in group stage match of UEFA Euro U21 qualification. The match will be played on Friday, October 13th at Superbet Arena - Giulesti (Bucharest).
Somewhat unexpectedly, Romania started this qualification campaign with a loss to Albania. In the first round, they seriously jeopardized their chances of finishing in the top two. The Romanian youth team is quite strong, and in previous qualification campaigns, they have not been mere statistics. In this group, Romania had every chance of securing a top-two finish since there are no top-tier teams in the group. The group consists of Albania, Switzerland, Montenegro, Finland, and Armenia. The upcoming match can be considered decisive for the Romanian national team. If they fail to earn points against the modest Armenian team, particularly as Armenia's youth team has never been known for impressive performances, then dark clouds will loom over Romania's prospects. Nevertheless, there is faith in the home team, primarily because, as I mentioned, the Armenian youth team has never been particularly noteworthy. Therefore, I'm making a choice in favor of the hosts, primarily based on the evident weakness of the visitors.
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While the Armenian national team is competitive and occasionally achieves decent results, the same cannot be said for their youth team. In the previous qualification cycle, the Armenian youth team performed poorly, managing to secure only 3 points in 10 matches and suffering several defeats with rather embarrassing scorelines. They lost to the French team with a total score of 1-11 and the Serbs had no problems dealing with them, winning both matches with an aggregate score of 6-1. As for the current qualification campaign, Armenia hasn't suffered any heavy defeats yet, but they lost 0-1 to the Montenegrin national team and 1-2 to Albania. Romania is sure to put in maximum effort to make amends for their loss in the first round of the qualification campaign, and it will be very challenging for Armenia to expect anything positive from this away match. Moreover, the head-to-head history is entirely in Romania's favor, having won all four of their previous encounters.
The Armenian national team has been unable to secure a victory for quite some time, entering this match on an 11-match winless streak. They have only managed to secure one draw during this period and have suffered numerous heavy defeats. While the Romanian national team hasn't shown anything outstanding so far, there is clearly more potential in their squad. Therefore, my betting choice in this case is a handicap of (-1.5) in favor of Romania.
Prediction for the match: Romania U21 to win with -1.5 handicap.