2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Betting Preview

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Betting Preview

The 22nd edition of the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship will take place in Italy and San Marino and six cities will host the tournament: Bologna, Reggio nell’Emilia, Cesena, Trieste, Udine, and Serravalle (San Marino).

UEFA European Under-21 Championship History and Title Holders

Italy are the record holders with five UEFA European Under-21 Championship trophies (the previous one in 2004); Spain have four wins while Germany, England, Netherlands, and Russia have two apiece. Serbia, Czech Republic, France, and Sweden won one title each. Germany are the defending champions after they beat Spain 1-0 in 2017 in Poland.

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and Groups

A total of 12 teams will play in the tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1996 eligible to participate. The group winners and the best runner-up advance to the semi-finals and qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics. For the first time in championship history, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used.

Group A Group B Group C
Italy Germany England
Spain Denmark France
Poland Serbia Romania
Belgium Austria Croatia

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Winner Odds

England are the biggest favourites to lift their third trophy at 4/1 odds, Spain and Italy have the second-best chance to win at 9/2 while France are 5/1 and Germany are 11/2 to win the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Romania are the biggest underdogs to win the trophy at 100/1 and this will be their second-ever appearance.

Odds to win the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship:

England 4/1 Spain 9/2 Italy 9/2
France 5/1 Germany 11/2 Denmark 16/1
Belgium 16/1 Serbia 20/1 Croatia 25/1
Poland 66/1 Austria 66/1 Romania 100/1

Group A Betting Preview

Italy are the most successful nation at the UEFA European Under-21 Championships and the last medal they won was the silver at U21 Euro in 2013 when they lost to Spain. Head coach Luigi Di Biagio has some excellent players in his squad who are already established first-team players in their respective clubs. Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Rolando Mandragora, Manuel Locatelli, Patrick Cutrone, and Moise Kean are the ones who should be closely monitored.

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Spain are looking to get their fifth title after failing to win the previous edition but they already have three medals at the UEFA European Under-21 Championships in this decade and are always one of the favourites. Luis de la Fuente has a strong side with excellent midfield consisted of such players as Dani Ceballos, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pablo Fornals, and Carlos Soler. Borja Mayoral will lead the attack and he needs three goals to match Gerard Deloufeu’s record of 17 goals for the U21 National Team.

Poland are without a medal from this tournament and this will be their 7th appearance. Considering they are drawn in a tough group, it will be a miracle to see them reaching the semi-finals for the first time ever. Czesław Michniewicz has a squad that is consisted mainly from players who are playing in Polish league with the exception of Dawid Kownacki (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Karol Świderski (PAOK), Bartosz Kapustka (Leuven), and Bartłomiej Drągowski (Fiorentina).

Belgium are also without a single medal thus far and their best result was in 2007 when they made it to the semis. Johan Walem doesn’t have a talented squad as Roberto Martinez’s senior team but he has a few good players who can explode at this tournament. Aaron Leya Iseka, Isaac Mbenza, Dodi Lukebakio, and Orel Mangala are some of them. Group A Winner Odds:

Spain 11/10 Italy 7/4 Belgium 9/2 Poland 14/1

Group A Round 1 Odds:

Game 1 X 2 Over 2.5 Under 2.5
Poland vs. Belgium 11/4 11/5 21/20 43/40 8/11
Italy vs. Spain 2/1 21/10 29/20 23/20 4/6

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Group B Betting Preview

Germany are hoping to defend the title and won their sixth medal at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship but it will not be easy due to fierce competition. The team is significantly weaker than the one in 2017 but Stefan Kuntz still has several great players at his disposal. Mahmoud Dahoud, Levin Öztunalı, Jonathan Tah, Benjamin Henrichs, and Lukas Klostermann are the leaders of this generation.

Denmark are still looking for their first medal at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship and they were closest in 2015 when they reached the semis. Head coach Niels Frederiksen is happy to have a prolific striker Marcus Ingvartsen who has 17 goals to his name in 25 matches and is the national team’s top scorer.

Serbia have four medals at this tournament but they struggled to advance to the knockout stage for more than a decade. However, Goran Đorović has an extremely talented squad and it will be surprising not seeing them in the semi-finals, at least as the best second-ranked team in the group stage. Luka Jovic, who recently moved to Real Madrid from Frankfurt, will lead the line while Andrija Živković, Danilo Pantić, Nemanja Radonjić, and Nikola Milenković are also the ones who can make a difference.

Austria are the only debutants at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and are also one of the biggest underdogs, so it would be a miracle to see them pass through the group stage. Werner Gregoritsch can count on the players who are mostly playing in Austrian Bundesliga as only Mathias Honsak, Kevin Danso, Marco Friedl, and Dominik Baumgartner are playing in Germany.

Group B Winner Odds:

Germany 4/9 Denmark 9/2 Serbia 11/2 Austria 14/1

Group B Round 1 Odds:

Game 1 X 2 Over 2.5 Under 2.5
Serbia vs. Austria 17/20 12/5 10/3 11/10 7/10
Germany vs. Denmark 3/5 16/5 4/1 7/10 11/10

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Group C Betting Preview

England have three medals at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship thus far but are without one since 2009 and silver in Sweden. The Three Lions have one of the most talented squads this year and Aidy Boothroyd is delighted to have players like Demarai Gray, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Tammy Abraham in the attack. Phil Foden, James Maddison, and Ryan Sessegnon will run the midfield while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a star in defence.

France qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2006 when they reached semi-finals. Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé is the biggest star in this squad while head coach Sylvain Ripoll also has such talents as Houssem Aouar, Matteo Guendouzi, Dayot Upamecano, and Colin Dagba. The will likely battle with England for the top spot in this group.

Romania are one of the most inexperienced sides at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship as this is their second appearance and first since 1998. Mirel Rădoi will rely heavily on Palermo striker George Pușcaș who is only one goal shy from matching Ionuț Luțu’s record of 15 goals for the U21 National Team.

Croatia qualified for the tournament for the first time since 2004 and they never made it to the knockout phase. Given a stiff competition in this group, it’s a big probability they will miss out on the semi-finals here as well. Head coach Nenad Gračan has several players who can become stars in the future such as Josip Brekalo, Nikola Vlašić, and Duje Ćaleta-Car while former wonderkid Alen Halilović is captain of this side.

Group C Winner Odds:

England 11/10 France 11/8 Croatia 6/1 Romania 20/1

Group C Round 1 Odds:

Game 1 X 2 Over 2.5 Under 2.5
Romania vs. Croatia 3/1 21/10 21/10 11/10 7/10
England vs. France 6/4 21/10 19/10 43/40 8/11

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