Spain and Italy clash in mouth-watering U21 tie

In what looks like the better of the two U21 European Championship semi-finals, Spain take on Italy on Tuesday night. The pair met in the 2013 final, a game that Spain won 4-2 and they are looking to add even more success to their already impressive U21 record.

Spain have impressed everyone so far with their performances in the tournament. Right now, they are favourites to win the tournament and it is not hard to see why. They have won all three group games, the only team to do so and finished with an impressive +8 goal difference in those games.

They did score five against a poor Macedonia team, but even still, it is hard not to be impressed by the Spanish. They face tough opposition in Italy, but Spain have done everything right so far.

The Italians qualified as group winners after a 1-0 win over Germany on Saturday night. They have been a bit inconsistent so far, looking very good in parts, before disappointing in others. Playing against a team as good as the Spanish are means they will really have to be at the top of their game on Tuesday night.

This semi-final has all the ingredients to make a classic game between two high-class teams. The Spanish come in as favourites and I think they will take this, but Italy are too good to write off just yet.

The Italians will know they will need to be at the top of their game, but on a positive note, they will also know they are the underdogs so they can play without pressure. This should be a classic, I am taking Spain to win it, before going on to win the final and record their third U21 title from four tournaments, a remarkable achievement.