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Euro U21 Qualifying, Three Games To Watch: Dutch and Portuguese wonderkids do battle

Elsewhere in-form Ireland face the Italians while Austria and Turkey face off

8:00am on Wednesday 9th October 2019
Paul Macdonald


A barnstorming clash here, particularly with only one team from each group guaranteed to qualify for the Euro U21 tournament proper. The Dutch have had a renaissance in recent months, with the likes of Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu of AZ producing superb performances that put them on the edge of the senior squad. Justin Kluivert from Roma is also in the squad and it seems the Oranje mean business. Portugal have the highly-rated Francisco Trincao from Braga, Wolves' Pedro Neto and Watford's Domingos Quina. This one should be a cracker.

WHEN: Friday, Oct 11, 17:30GMT

PLAYER TO WATCH: Calvin Stengs (AZ)


The Republic of Ireland's senior squad may be struggling for talent at the moment, but the U21's have a number of promising players who are catching the eye in a competitive Group 1 in Uefa U21 Euro Qualifying. The likes of Troy Parrot, the 17-year-old from Tottenham Hotspur and Michael Obafemi, who already has Premier League minutes with Southampton, will feature here and they look at the rise of Aaron Connolly, whose two goals for Brighton against Tottenham on October 5 earned him a full call-up. The Irish have three wins out of three and with just one team qualifying directly, the Italians can't afford a slip-up here. They will look to Everton forward Moise Kean to provide the goals.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 10, 20:00GMT

PLAYER TO WATCH: Troy Parrot (Tottenham)


In order to keep pace with a strong England team in Group 3, it's a must-win for both Austria and Turkey, two nations thought to have some serious developing talent. Nicolas Meister has been in good goalscoring form for the Austrians, while Turkey's players are racking up a good amount of minutes at club level, including Dogukan Sinik at Antalyaspor and Berkay Ozcan from Basaksehir.

WHEN: Friday, Oct 11, 19:30GMT

PLAYER TO WATCH: Dogukan Sinik (Antalyaspor)


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