Stuart Pearce’s young England charges face what could be their toughest test yet as they open their European Under-21 Championship campaign with a clash against pre-tournament favourites Spain.
The Spaniards are available at football betting odds of 21/20 to triumph in Denmark on Sunday night, with an England win or draw priced at 11/5 and 23/10 respectively.
Going on the current form of the two teams’ senior sides, U21 betting fans will feel that a routine success for the men from Spain should be recorded.
However, with a plethora of young, eager talent in the England U21 squad, this should prove to be a close encounter.
With the likes of Jack Rodwell, Chris Smalling and Daniel Sturridge all tipped to break into the senior squad sooner rather than later, playing well at this tournament will surely aid their cause.
Two other players – Phil Jones and Jordan Henderson – are also on the verge of completing mega-money moves to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.
Spain, on the other hand, also have a hatful of big names within their squad. The likes of Bojan, Juan Manuel Mata, Adrian Lopez and Diego Capel are no strangers to the big stage and are unlikely to be fazed by the tournament.
The favourites can be backed to go into the break with a 1-0 lead at 16/5.
However, past results swing the balance in England’s favour. Two years ago, when they met in the group stages of this competition, England emerged as 2-0 winners. Betting on them to repeat this feat offers odds of 31/2.
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The attacking talents on display at both ends of the pitch are likely to tempt a number of football betting enthusiasts to place a wager on how many goals the game will produce.
Bwin members will find that they can get odds of 15/4 on the game containing one goal and 13/5 on the ball ending up in the net on two occasions.
However, punters who are expecting an attacking masterclass from one or both of the teams could be tempted to bet on three (16/5), four (5/1) or five or more goals being scored (23/4).
The 33/4 odds on Spain emerging 2-1 victors could also prove tempting.
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