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Football Tips & Predictions: Friday June 23rd
by the Cheeky Punter
This selection of European U21 Championship football tips focuses on the final set of games in Group B taking place on Friday June 23rd.
Spain have dominated the group and are solid bets to make the semi final, while any of Portugal, Macedonia or Serbia could possibly qualify as runner up, depending on how results in the other groups go.
It promises to be an interesting night in Group B and here’s my tips for both games.
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The teams have met previously at U21 level six times. Portugal have won five of those encounters with one draw.
In order to qualify for the Semi Finals as the best runner up, Portugal need to win here and win by as many goals as possible.
Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Semedo of Portugal will both miss this game through suspension having picked up two yellow cards previously.
Portugal made the final of the 2015 European U21 Championship final where they lost to Sweden.
Macedonia know that only a freak set of results in the other groups, plus a big win here will likely give them any chance of securing a semi final spot but for Portugal, a decent victory would put them in with a good chance of progressing.
Against Serbia, Macedonia showed real heart and plenty of quality to get themselves in a 2-1 winning position, but naive defending saw them not only concede a late equaliser but also nearly lose the game when a late header came back off the inside of the Macedonian post.
Portugal’s Bruna scored a wonderful volley in their 3-1 defeat to Spain but they were well beaten by their Iberian neighbours on the night. However, they should have enough quality to get the job done here, but without two key players, I can see a tricky Macedonia side doing enough to grab a goal here.
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Serbia will be unable to select Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic for this game after he picked up his second booking in their last game.
Serbia knocked Spain out of the 2015 tournament at the playoff stage, but Spain have already qualified as group winners this time.
With eight goals in their two games so far, Spain are the highest scoring team in the U21 Championship at present.
The teams have met 12 times previously at U21 level, Spain winning 6, Serbia 4 and 2 have been drawn.
The young Spanish side have undoubtedly been the stand out team in the tournament so far and they fully deserve their place in the semi finals. I expect them to round off a solid performance in the group stages here with a win against a Serbia side that has not really impressed me a great deal.
Add to that the lack of Grujic in midfield for Serbia and I think the Serbian side don’t have the quality to cause Spain too many problems going forward, while I can see Spain being able to cut open a shaky-looking Serbian defence several times during the game.
The Spanish have picked their best young players for this squad and it is showing in their level of performance and attacking ability. I strongly fancy them to get the win to nil here and to put Serbia to the sword. This one could get ugly unless Serbia can get a grip of the game early on.
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