Kick Off: 1200, 08/06/2017
Stadium: Jeonju World Cup Stadium
England will go into their first Under-20 World Cup semi-final for 24 years as slight favourites to edge out Italy in South Korea.
Paul Simpson’s side are unbeaten in five games at this tournament and look to be getting stronger and stronger as they progress.
We’re backing the young Lions to reach the final at 4/5 in our Italy U20 vs England U20 betting tips.
A Look At Italy U20 Betting Odds
Italy scraped through their group on goal difference, losing 1-0 to table toppers Uruguay before beating South Africa 2-0 and drawing 2-2 with Japan.
They began the knockout stages with a decent 2-1 win over France, but were then taken to extra-time in the quarter-finals by Zambia, eventually coming out on top 3-2.
To be fair, the Azzurrini showed plenty of spirit to overcome having Giuseppe Pezzella sent off before half-time and the introduction of late arrival Federico Dimarco certainly gave them a fresh spark.
Dead-ball specialist Dimarco and four-goal hero Riccardo Orsolini will be a threat, but we still prefer England at 3/2 in normal time.
A Look At England U20 Betting Odds
England topped their pool in pretty convincing fashion, beating Argentina 3-0 and hosts South Korea 1-0 either side of a 1-1 draw with Guinea.
A brace from Everton starlet Ademola Lookman then helped see off Costa Rica 2-1 before Liverpool-bound striker Dominic Solanke scored the only goal of the game against Mexico.
England were put under pressure by Mexico, especially after Joshua Onomah’s harsh red card, but they did also hit the post and create a couple of other good chances themselves.
With impressive Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook pulling the strings, England are fancied to break down an Italy defence that has looked open to passes through the middle.
A third 1-0 win of the competition is 5/1 and stands out from the Italy U20 vs England U20 odds.
ITALY 3-2 Zambia (AET) – Riccardo Orsolini, Federico Dimarco, Luca Vido
Mexico 0-1 ENGLAND – Dominic Solanke
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