Euro U21 2013

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Four to Watch

No sooner had the curtain fallen on the football season, UEFA have clubbed together to lift it back up again. It is time for a two-week festival of Under 21 football as Stuart Pearce manages/shouts at an England side hoping to win this tournament for the first time since 1984. The 3 Lions should make it out of Group A alongside Italy at the expense of Norway and Israel. Semi-Final heartbreak (possibly including penalties) looks most likely.

Group B features Germany, Holland, Russia and a Spanish side looking to emulate their winning team of two years ago. Another Spanish success is a 3 chance on Betfair and we’re struggling for reasons to put you off what is undoubtedly the most talented side in the competition.

When backing the top scorer in such a small tournament, you want someone on board who is likely to play all five games and whilst we’re not usually ones to pick the favourites in such a wide market, there is no question in our minds that Benfica and Spain striker (and a former Bolton loanee) Rodrigo at 9/1 with Bet365 is a good price for someone who has 14 goals in just 12 games at this level.

One big question is who will join Spain in qualifying from ‘Group of Death’ B and we’re going to plump for Holland over Germany and Russia. Rarely does a squad with so many full international caps take part in this tournament, and the likes of Kevin Strootman and Luuk De Jong are good enough to see them through. Get on the 11/10 Ladbrokes are offering on the Dutch qualifying from the group.

If we’re right on our theories Spain and Holland should meet again in the final and given Ladbrokes have a market on naming the finalists, why not take their early offering of 9/1 on that pairing.

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