Despite Spain having become the first team to make it through to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championships, there is still plenty to look forward to, as La Roja take on Serbia in their final group encounter. Their opponents are all-but out of the competition after picking up just a single point from their opening two matches, however there will still be plenty of focus upon the game at the Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium on Friday 23rd June.
Serbia U21 v’s Spain U21
European Under-21 Championship – Friday 23rd June 2017 – 7:45 am
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Serbia Team News
Striker Uros Djurdjevic rescued a point for Serbia with a last-gasp goal against Macedonia last time around, with the Partizan striker set to once again lead the line for Nenad Lalatovic’s men. Serbia have been one of the tournaments major disappointments so far, with Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujić having failed to make his mark, with the midfielder having been backed to shine before the competition kicked off. Elsewhere, having been sent off despite not playing a single minute against Macedonia, Radovan Pankov will miss out through suspension.
Spain Team News
Having comfortably won both of their opening encounters, coach Albert Celades could choose to rest some of this star men for this fixture, with the likes of Saul Niguez, Marco Asensio and Gerard Deulofeu all potentially missing out. However, given the strength in depth within the Spanish squad, Serbia will still find themselves up against it, with players such as Inaki Williams, Denis Suarez and Borja Mayoral potentially stepping into the starting line-up. Real Madrid youngster Asensio claimed a hat-trick in the first game, and will be looking to continue his fine form as he hunts for the golden boot award in Poland.
Spain have won their last five encounters at under-21 level, scoring 18 goals in the process. Meanwhile, Serbia have struggled in the finals so far, despite winning their last three qualifying matches to reach this stage.
Top Betting Tips
Given the form of the two teams, it is difficult to look beyond another victory for Spain. Bookmakers Ladbrokes offer Spain odds of 4/6 to claim three points, while Serbia are rank outsiders at 17/4. As well as this, having picked up where they left off in their qualifying campaign, betting against Serbia keeping a clean sheet is seemingly a sure thing, with odds of 1/8 available at Betway. However, for those who fancy an upset, potentially based on the fact that Spain may already have an eye on the semi-finals, backing Serbia or a draw at 5/4 is a safer form of wagering on this match.