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Weekend Football Tips: Saturday 24th June
by the Cheeky Punter
I’ve kept my record of a profit on every night of the tournament going thanks to Germany’s 3-0 win over Denmark on Wednesday night (I’m writing this before KO on Thursday). The Germans won to nil so it didn’t matter that the other tip missed.
I’m brim full of confidence heading into the final set of matches in the group stage which take place on Saturday (June 24th) in Group C and which now sees Italy facing the unenviable task of trying to take three points off an unbeaten German side to try and give themselves the best chance possible of qualifying as a semi finalist, all the while knowing if they don’t better the Czech’s result against Denmark, it may be immaterial anyway.
It should be a dramatic night as the four teams that will play in the semi finals are finalised and outlined below are my tips for both games on Saturday night.
Euro U21 Football Betting Tips: Saturday 24th June
June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
Germany just need a point from this game with Italy to be assured of qualifying for the semi finals. Italy must win to stand any chance of being group winners.
The teams have met just once in the European U21 Championships before, Germany winning the 2009 semi final between the teams 1-0.
Italy have proven tough to beat for German sides over the years and they are one of the few teams with a strong record against their opponents.
Neither side has any players with suspensions ahead of the semi final, though several players in both teams are on bookings which could rule them out of the semi final.
Italy v Germany is a striking rare clash at U21 level, especially in the European U21 Championships, but it has provided some memorable matches at full level and has earned Italy the reputation of being Germany’s bogey team.
That said, when the teams met in 2009 Germany did come out on top with a 1-0 win to earn a spot in the final, which they won comprehensively 4-1 against England. The Germans have won both their games with ease so far, but I think that those two wins have flattered them slightly.
Italy looked strong against Denmark, but very poor against the Czechs, but these are the games where Italian sides usually get their act together and I saw enough against Denmark to suggest that Italy can keep the German’s out and perhaps nick a goal to snatch an unlikely win here. Most European U21 Championships have a shock result and I feel this could be it.
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The Czech’s and Danes have met a total of five times at U21 level, the Czech’s have won three, Denmark one and the other a draw.
The Czech’s boast the two players that have committed the most fouls in the tournament, Michael Travnik has 12 and Tomas Soucek 8.
Denmark are the only team out of the 12 competing that are definitely eliminated from the tournament after two defeats in their opening two games.
The Danes are also the only team in the tournament not yet to score a goal with all other teams having scored at least two goals a Spain a tournament high eight.
It will be interesting what the Danish U21 boss does for this game. His team are already out and he may well be tempted to give some of the fringe players in the squad a run out for experience alone, but he can’t really risk playing an under-strength side in what could be a crucial game in Group C.
The Czech’s will certainly be the most motivated of the team and they know a win puts them in with a great chance of perhaps finishing second, or even maybe topping the group if the result in the other game goes their way.
To be honest, I can’t see Denmark’s youngsters being hugely motivated for this one. They’ve shown little to suggest they could grab a goal in either of their previous two games and I think the Czech’s are a very decent side, certainly better than Italy and as such, I think they’ll win this one relatively comfortably.
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.