Kick Off: 1700, 19/06/2017
Stadium: Kielce Stadium
TV: Sky Sports 1
England will go into Monday’s European Under-21 Championship clash with Slovakia knowing they need to pick up maximum points to keep their fate at this tournament in their own hands.
The Young Lions began with a goalless draw against Sweden, whereas Slovakia already have a win on the board after coming from behind to beat hosts Poland.
With only the three group winners and one best runner-up going through, Aidy Boothroyd will be urging his side to go all out for victory in Kielce and they get the nod to prevail at 18/25 in our Slovakia U21 vs England U21 betting tips.
A Look At Slovakia U21 Betting Odds
Slovakia showed plenty of spirit to recover from going a goal down inside the first minute when battling back to beat Poland 2-1.
Pavel Hapal’s side had displayed similar character during qualifying when twice coming from behind to do the double over Holland.
However, Poland were guilty of making errors for each of the goals in Lublin, so we’re not convinced about the merit of that victory.
Looking at the Slovakia U21 vs England U21 odds, we like 39/20 for the Young Lions to win by more than one goal.
A Look At England U21 Betting Odds
England were grateful for Jordan Pickford’s penalty save against Sweden, with the keeper celebrating his £30million move to Everton by denying Linus Wahlqvist from the spot.
The Young Lions had earlier started brightly, with Tammy Abraham twice going close and Ben Chilwell’s deflected effort hitting the crossbar.
Pawel Cibicki struck the woodwork for Sweden in a pretty even contest, but the Scandinavians did lift this trophy two years ago and so were always going to be tough opponents.
Boothroyd believes England can improve, stating: “I thought it was a typical opening game. We were a bit nervy, opening the tournament, first game.
“No matter how good a player you are, just to get settled in was important for us. It was a fair result in the end and we can certainly play better than we did.”
England are 33/20 to be leading at half-time and full-time.
Poland 1-2 SLOVAKIA – Martin Valjent, Pavol Safranko
Sweden 0-0 ENGLAND
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