Sunday sees the final round of opening group games in the European U21 Championships in Poland as the four teams that make up Group C get their campaigns under way.
The Germans kick off their campaign in the earlier game today taking on the Czech Republic in what promises to be an interesting clash between the two sides, while later on Denmark are the heavy underdogs against an Italian side many reckon is their best side to enter the event in 20 years.
Here’s my tips for the games taking place on Sunday 18th June:
Euro U21 Football Tips: Sunday 18th June
June 18, 2017
Miejski Tychi Stadion
June 18, 2017
Miejski Tychi Stadion
Germany have the best qualifying record, winning all ten of their games scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game.
The Czech Republic however boast the leading goalscorer in the qualifying stage in Patrik Schick who netted 10 goals.
The teams have met eight times previously, Germany have won four, three draws and the Czech’s have one win.
Germany have won the U21 trophy just once, when a side including Ozil, Hummels, Khedira and Boateng defeated England in the final.
Although they suffered a defeat in their penultimate group game away in Belgium, the Czech Republic won Group 1 by five points and deservedly claimed their place in the finals. However, they have had the misfortune of once again being drawn with Germany, a team they also faced back in 2015.
Then the teams drew 1-1, but since then while the German side has, by all accounts, continue to improve and develop, the Czech side has not quite kept apace.
Both sides scored plenty of goals in qualifying and the Czech’s have the leading overall goalscorer in qualifying playing for them, but Germany have masses of quality in a hugely talented and experienced squad and it would be a huge shock if they fail to take anything less than three points here.
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The teams have met on 7 occasions at U21 level and Denmark are yet to win a game, Italy have won 3.
Denmark won all five of their final group games but were humbled 4-0 at home by England U21 in a warm up game.
The Danes were losing semi finalists in 2016, Italy have won the title 5 times, including 3 in succession from 1992-1996.
Since then Italy were losing finalists to Spain in 2013, but in the last 6 tournaments only made it out of the groups once.
enmark won nine of their ten games in qualifying but looked a very shaky side when facing England U21’s recently, coming unstuck 4-0 at home and they’ll need to up their game considerably when facing this talented Italian side on Sunday night.
Many experts feel that this is the best Italian U21 side since the successful 1996 team that won the event. Keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is seen as the eventual successor to Gianluigi Buffon at national level while defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Marco Benassi are both much coveted players with plenty of Serie A experience.
Italy don’t tend to start tournaments well however and they have flattered to deceive in the past. However, I do think they are just a shade better than this Denmark side and while I think this will be a game of few goals, I just fancy the Italians to shade it.
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