Table-toppers France U-19 (FRA-U19) take on an equally brilliant Italy U-19 (ITA-U19) in the group stage match of the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship at DAC Stadion in Slovakia on Friday, June 24. The match will kick-off at 9:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
FRA-U19 vs ITA-U19 Dream11 prediction
France and Italy are the only unbeaten teams in Group A of the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. With two wins in as many games so far, the European heavyweights have already qualified for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Come Friday, Italy may find it difficult to sustain their unbeaten run in the competition given that France have been ruthless in attack. In only their first match of the tournament, the French team, led by Ousmane Camara, thrashed Slovakia 5-0, followed by a 2-1 win over Romania in the second round.
For Italy, while results have been positive, their performance hasn’t been convincing enough.
FRA-U19 vs ITA-U19 Dream11 team tips for UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2022
Top tip: Best forward
Tournament’s joint-highest goalscorer Ange Yoan Bonny has netted two times in many matches for France this campaign. Lining up in the centre of the 4-3-3 setup, the 18-year-old Parma forward has received enough services from the likes of Alan Virginius and Loum Tchaouna and the trio will look to make a similar impact against a sturdy Italian defence on Friday.
Top tip: Best midfielder
To say Loum Tchaouna is an outright pick for this spot would be an understatement. Registered as a midfielder, the 18-year-old Rennes attacker tallied 75 fantasy points against Romania and has been on the scoresheet in each of his last two outings. He is tipped to leave a positive mark.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Italy captain Samuel Giovane could be a great pick for Friday’s contest. Usually a midfielder, who is now playing as a left-back for his national side, Giovane has been a rock and returned with 50 fantasy points against Slovakia. Given how dangerous he could be in attack, he remains your safest bet for a defender.
Finally, for a goalkeeper, France’s Thimothee Lo-Tutala should be picked ahead of his competitor mostly because his side is more likely to keep a clean sheet.
FRA-U19 vs ITA-U19 probable playing XI
FRA-U19 playing XI (probable): Thimothee Lo-Tutala (goalkeeper); Tanguy Zoukrou, Ousmane Camara (captain), Souleymane Toure, Jordan Semedo Varela; Abdoullah Ba, Martin Adeline, Florent da Silva; Alan Virginius, Ange-Yoan Bonny, Loum Tchaouna
ITA-U19 playing XI (probable): Sebastiano Desplanches (goalkeeper); Daniele Ghilardi, Diego Coppola, Samuel Giovane (captain); Giovanni Fabbian, Giacomo Faticanti, Cesare Casadei; Fabio Miretti; Marco Nasti, Giuseppe Ambrosino Di Bruttopilo
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