Slovakia U21 vs Sweden U21: Holders have edge in belief

Slovakia U21 vs Sweden U21: Holders have edge in belief

Kick Off: 1945, 22/06/2017

Stadium: Lublin Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Sweden must beat Slovakia to keep alive their hopes of retaining the European Under-21 Championship trophy and Hakan Ericson’s side are fancied to do just that in Lublin.

The Scandinavians have had to settle for two draws so far but could still edge out England at the top of Group A, or go through as the best second-placed team.

Looking at the Slovakia U21 vs Sweden U21 odds, we’re backing the holders at 7/5 to prevail here.

A Look At Slovakia U21 Betting Odds

Slovakia began the tournament with a gutsy 2-1 win over hosts Poland, recovering from conceding a first-minute goal to claim victory at this venue.

The underdogs then threatened to upset England when going ahead through Martin Chrien’s header, but there was a feeling that they had their limitations exposed when eventually succumbing 2-1 to the Young Lions.

Head coach Pavel Hapal admitted: “We started well in the first half, but after that we became too passive and England pushed us back. We lacked momentum in the second half.”

That lack of self-belief may again come back to haunt them, with the holders fancied at 33/4 to win 2-1 in our Slovakia U21 vs Sweden U21 betting tips.

A Look At Sweden U21 Betting Odds

Sweden will have been satisfied with an opening stalemate against England, but were left to rue a late lapse when held to a 2-2 draw by hosts Poland on Monday.

After falling behind early on, Sweden hit back through Carlos Strandberg and Jacob Une Larsson to hit the front before half-time.

That seemed set to be enough for victory until Dawid Kownacki held his nerve to hit home a penalty in stoppage time.

Sweden still showed glimpses of sparkle in that match and appeal at 12/5 to claim victory in a game featuring more than 2.5 goals if learning the lesson of not kicking on when in control.

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Last result:

SLOVAKIA 1-2 England – Martin Chrien

Poland 2-2 SWEDEN – Carlos Strandberg, Jacob Une Larsson

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