A topsy-turvy European Under-21 Championship Group A will be settled one way or another when hosts Czech Republic face Germany at Prague’s Eden Stadium, while Denmark and Serbia face off down the road at the Generali Arena.
Having drawn 1-1 with Serbia’s Young Eagles in their opening Group A fixture, Horst Hrubesch’s all-star outfit, which includes fully-fledged Die Mannschaft caps Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Matthias Ginter, Max Meyer and Kevin Volland, bounced back by beating Denmark 3-0.
That means a point will definitely see Hrubesch’s boys make the latter stages of the competition, but that’s all we expect them to get against Jakub Dovalil’s improving Lvicata.
Chelsea’s Tomas Kalas, who helped shut out Liverpool during the infamous Steven Gerrard-slip game in May 2014 prior to loan spells with Koln and Middlesbrough, formed part of the rearguard that shut out Serbia in a famous 4-0 victory for the hosts, when anything but a win promised to remove them from proceedings.
They lost influential striker Vaclav Kadlec during that stirring triumph, with the Frankfurt youngster set to miss the Germany match with an ankle injury, but Czech Republic were only 2-0 up prior to his departure, and in Hrubesch’s words “they continued playing in the same way without him against Serbia.”
Against a Germany side that conceded within eight minutes of their first match, managing a 17th-minute equaliser through Liverpool’s Emre Can and little else throughout the 90, the 10/11 double-chance odds with bwin about Czech Republic winning or drawing looks a decent bet.
In the other match, Serbia must be the value bet at 21/10 to see off Denmark, with Jess Thorup’s side impossible to fancy at 13/10 favourite odds.
The Dane’s didn’t get going until almost an hour into their 2-1 victory over the hosts, with Jannik Vestergaard equalising after 54 minutes before Pione Sisto found a late winner.
By contrast, Mladen Dodic’s men got off to a flyer against Germany before being pegged back. After both teams were humbled last time out, the value lies in the bigger price.