According to bwin’s football betting odds, Spain U21 are certain to beat Switzerland this weekend and lift the European Championship crown for a third time.
The Spaniards are priced at 1/5 to win the tournament and at 13/20 to beat the Swiss within 90 minutes in the final.
However, in order to add to the trophies picked up in the 1986 and 1998 campaigns, Luis Milla’s side will have to achieve something no other side has managed in this tournament and unlock the Switzerland defence.
Pierluigi Tami’s boys needed extra-time to see off the Czech Republic 1-0 in the semi-final, but while they have been less than prolific in front of goal, they have been formidable as a defensive unit.
Despite such resolve, the Swiss are seen as 4/1 outsiders to win the match in normal time and 3/1 shots to lift the trophy by any means necessary.
Football betting enthusiasts looking for an easy Spanish win should also take note that while they are not the most attacking of teams, Switzerland have scored in each of their last five games.
Indeed, with a 1.5 goals-per-game ratio so far, Switzerland are the second most prolific side in the competition, with the bulk of those goals coming courtesy of Admir Mehmadi.
Unfortunately for Tami, the one team with a better goalscoring record is the side they face in Saturday’s showpiece finale.
Spain have notched 1.75 goals per game and have conceded just two goals throughout the tournament.
Indeed, with five goals to his name, Adrian Lopez is the championship’s top scorer and if anyone can break down the Swiss defence it is him.
Superstitious football betting fans could be tempted to look at past meetings between the two sides in order to predict a score.
Doing so would point to either a 3-1 win for Spain, which is available at 12/1, or a 2-1 victory for Switzerland, which can be backed at 29/2.
However, having never won the tournament before, Switzerland could be the hungrier of the two teams, and with their defensive record being so impressive, a lot of the sensible money could go on Tami’s side lifting the trophy without having conceded a goal.
Placing a £25 wager on Switzerland to win the game to nil at 27/4 would see punters return £193.75.
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