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2019 UEFA European U21 Championship Winner Odds & Predictions

13th June 2019 / lee
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The biannual event that is the European U21 Champions starts on June 16th. The Final is to be hosted on June 30th at the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy. Italy and San Marino are the co-hosts of the tournament which has twelve competing nations going for glory.

Germany are the reigning Champions and this edition of the tournament will have extra importance. It is the year before the Olympic Games so this will serve as a qualification tournament. The four teams who reach the semi-finals will take a spot at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

VAR will be used at the tournament for the first time.

U21 Euro Winner Odds*

Spain 9/2
England 4/1
France 5/1
Italy 9/2
Germany 11/2
Denmark 16/1
Belgium 16/1
Serbia 20/1
Croatia 25/1
Austria 66/1
Poland 66/1
Romania 100/1
* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on June 13th, 2019 at 4:52 pm)


Tournament Set Up

There are three groups of four teams. From that, only the top team from each will automatically book a place in the semi-finals. The other spot will be filled by the best-placed runner-up from the groups. If England are one of the four semi-finalists then there will be an Olympic Play-Off between the 2nd Best Runner Up and the 3rd Best Runner Up. That is because England, as an individual country, don’t compete at the Olympics.

Group A Preview

Spain 11/8, Italy Even Money, Belgium 5/1, Poland 25/1

* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on June 13th, 2019 at 4:52 pm)

Spain were runners up to Germany two years ago, losing the Final 1-0. They have produced a rich run of form in this tournament though with three appearances in the last four Finals. They claimed the title in 2011 and 2013 Spain tore through their group two years ago, winning all of their matches before knocking out Italy in the semi-finals.

So with Italy back up against them in this one, having won all of their group stage matches two years ago, there should be a great competitive duel between those two for the top spot. Two years ago it was Spain’s Dani Ceballos who was the player of the tournament and he is back for another appearance. Other Real Madrid players Jesus Vallejo and Borja Mayoral are in the squad.

Spain have won the last two U21 meetings against Italy. Those two met in the opening round of group stage fixtures, so that is going to set the tone for the group. One of them are going to be left chasing for that best runner up spot. Italy will be looking to Moise Kean (who has scored two goals in three full international fixtures) for the goals. Belgium has a few key absentees as they look to make the final four for the first time ever. Poland finished bottom of the group two years ago.

Group B Preview

Germany 4/9, Serbia 9/2, Denmark 11/2, Austria 12/1

* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on June 13th, 2019 at 4:52 pm)

Germany are the clear front runners in Group B. They should be able to go through unchallenged in the group as well. Two years ago Germany had qualified as the best runner up for the semi-finals. They knocked England out on a penalty shoot-out at the stage before taking down the Spaniards in the Final.

There does not seem to be enough of a threat from any of the other group members to muscle their way to top spot. The thing about the other three is that there is an opportunity for one of them to potentially stand up and grab a couple of wins. They should be fairly evenly matched at the end of the day, so the chase for the runners-up spot could be on in this one. Denmark finished third in their group behind Italy and Germany two years ago.

Group C Preview

France 10/11, England even money, Croatia 14/1, Romania 20/1

* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on June 13th, 2019 at 4:52 pm)

The big power struggle in Group C is going to be between France and England. Two years ago England took a W2 D1 record from their group stage campaign two years ago. They have a good squad which includes Man City’s Phil Foden, Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bisaaka Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Southampton keeper Angus Gunn and Leicester duo Demarai Gray and James Maddison.

France are going to be competitive. They weren’t in action a couple of years ago. They were champions in 1988 and since then they have recorded one-fourth place and one-second place finish at the U21 European Championships. The big fixture in the group is going to be when France and England meet, which is coming up in the first round of matches. The winner of that is likely to go on and claim top spot so the pressure is immediately going to be on.

Predictions

Spain looks to be the clear front runners in this one and as 9/2 favourites they look value* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on June 13th, 2019 at 4:52 pm). They are going to be the ones to beat, even though the Germans are the defending champions. Germany have the easier route to the semifinals for sure with the group draw, so expect to see them back in the picture for contention.

The other two groups are a little more competitive. We would expect England, with the squad that they have to come up with the group win to edge out the French.

With Spain being tipped to win the tournament outright, we then expect to see Spain, England and Germany in the final four. Who will join them? We are going to go with Italy, who should take enough against Belgium and Poland to squeeze through.





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