Football betting fans bemoaning the onset of the summer break in most top domestic leagues will be delighted that the European U21 Championship gets underway this weekend.
With Switzerland’s senior side recently holding England to a draw at Wembley, punters could be forgiven for thinking the U21 team could be the ones to watch in this tournament.
However, hosts Denmark go into the Group A tie as firm favourites, with bwin pricing the home win at 5/4. The Swiss are available at 9/5 for the win, while the draw can be backed at 23/10.
These football betting odds could be down to the fact that Keld Bordinggaard has players with European experience to call upon.
Within his squad, the Denmark manager has representatives based in England, Holland, Spain and Italy.
Ajax duo Nicolai Boilesen and Christian Eriksen could prove a handful for the Swiss, while Villarreal’s Nicki Billie Nielsen, Reading’s Frederik Sorensen and Mikkel Andersen of Juventus could also be key men.
However, despite being able to call upon talents honed in a diverse range of leagues, Bordinggaard has seen his side lose three of their last five games.
The Danes went down 3-1, 2-1 and 4-0 to Holland, Spain and England respectively, before steadying the ship with a 2-2 draw against Ukraine and improving with a 4-0 drubbing of Turkey.
While the Danish coach will look to a clutch of performers, opposite number Pierluigi Tami is likely to rely on talented homegrown trio Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Fabian Frei.
The former two FC Basel stars excelled for the senior side in making England look second-rate at Wembley, with the diminutive Shaqiri, in particular, expected to be a major thorn in Denmark’s side.
While Denmark are seen as favourites for the game, Switzerland have proved a resilient force of late, with wins over Ireland and Sweden in recent months.
However, with the home side seen as clear favourites, many football betting enthusiasts could be tempted to pick a result to improve their returns.
Anyone thinking Switzerland can hold out for a 1-1 draw will find odds of 6/1, while a repeat performance of Denmark’s 4-0 win over Turkey is priced at 40/1.
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