Euro U21 Championship Football Tips: Monday 19th June
by the Cheeky Punter
The first two days of the Championships have brought me a nice profit thanks to two wins out of the four games with Slovakia doing the business against hosts Poland at 5/2 (3.50) to swing the scales in our favour.
It’s a good start so lets see if we can keep it going with my football tips for Monday 19th June in the U21 European Championships.
It’s back to Group A for my next set of football betting tips where England U21’s kick things off against current Group leaders Slovakia U21, while in the later kick off Poland U21 take on Sweden U21.
Here’s my tips for the second set of Group A games taking place on Monday 19th June:
Euro U21 Football Betting Tips: Monday 19th June
June 19, 2017
Kielce City Stadion
June 19, 2017
Kielce City Stadion
Only one runner up makes the semi finals so this becomes a must win game for England who drew vs Sweden.
The teams have met three times previously at U21 level, England winning two games and Slovakia winning the other.
Slovakia’s sole win came in the 2000 Euro U21 tournament finals when the then hosts defeated England 2-0.
Teams that win their opening games at Euro U21 Championships have a 77% chance of reaching the semi final. Draw your opener and this drops to 50%.
These teams had contrasting starts to the tournament. England were thankful to a late Jordan Pickford penalty save to earn them a point in a dour 0-0 draw with Sweden in the opening match. Aidy Bothroyd’s side struggled to create much against a well organised and disciplined Swedish side.
In contrast, Slovakia were superb coming back from conceding a very early goal to hosts Poland to record a superb 2-1 victory to put themselves in first place in Group A. Defender Martin Valjent and substitute striker Pavol Safranko grabbing the crucial goals.
This is now must win game for England. A defeat almost certainly ends their hopes of progress, a draw likewise does little to improve their position, while a win would put England in a strong position going into the final game with hosts Poland. It is time for Aidy Bothroyd’s men to deliver, but this is going to be a tough test.
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Patryk Lipsy’s goal after 53 seconds in Poland’s opening day defeat to Slovakia was the equal third fastest goal in Euro U21 Championship history.
Poland have now lost three of their last five games and they now face a Sweden side who are the current European U21 Champions.
The teams have men ten times previously at U21 level, Poland have won four games, Sweden three with three draws.
The teams last played back in September 2015 when they fought out a 0-0 draw in Kielce.
After the cagey nature of Sweden’s opening game, this should be a much more open contest. Both teams know that really nothing less than a win will give them a realistic chance of qualifying with this game being a clash between host and holder, that gives the game added spice.
Sweden will rue that penalty miss against England and in truth, the Swedes had the better of the chances in that game, they were defensively resolute but did look uncomfortable at set pieces, something Poland, who scored from a set piece against Slovakia, will hope to capitalise upon.
For the hosts, that disappointing opening defeat puts them in a real predicament but they can take solace from each of the victors of the 2002 (Czech Republic), 2004 (Italy) and 2006 (Holland) Euro u21 Finals, each of whom lost their opening group game, but went on to win the competition overall.
I see this being a tight, edgy game which both sides will try to win but which I think may well also fizzle out into a draw, which would leave things delicately poised in Group A heading into the final game.
The Cheeky Punter is an professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.