Two of the most disciplined European Under-21 sides from qualifying will meet in the championship proper tomorrow.
Football betting regulars may recall that both Czech Republic and Ukraine came through their campaigns without defeat, topping groups seven and eight respectively.
However, while the Little Lions managed to win seven and draw just one of their eight games, Ukraine had a slightly tougher time of it.
Pavlo Yakovenko’s men won four and drew four, which explains why Jakub Dovalil’s young side head into this encounter as favourites.
The Czechs, who finished their eight qualifying games with a goal difference of +21, are priced by bwin at betting odds of 5/4 for the win, while the Young Men are seen as 9/5 outsiders.
However, with Ukraine being viewed as draw specialists, some football betting enthusiasts could be tempted by the 23/10 offered on the stalemate.
The difference between the two sides is likely to be the backbone of the Czech team.
Home-grown talent Tomas Pekhart has smashed 16 goals from his 23 appearances for the Under-21s, while Marek Stech, who is on the books at West Ham, is likely to be a commanding figure between the sticks.
Lazio’s Libor Kozak will also be able to support Pekhart in the attack and will be relied upon to bring some of the flair of the Italian game into the tournament.
Conversely, Ukraine have a lack of players with experience from other leagues. While this may count against them, it could also mean that the players are familiar with each other and used to playing the same style of football.
This could make the 9/1 European U21 Championship odds on them winning the tournament an attractive option for some punters.
The Czechs are currently priced at 6/1 to lift the trophy, but these odds are sure to shorten if the Little Lions put on a spectacular performance against the Ukrainians.
With a Czech win seen to be the most likely option, some punters could be tempted to explore other bets, with bwin making a range of markets available for the tie.
Backing the Czechs to score a goal in each half is priced at 11/4, as is betting on them to win to nil.
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