What a match we have on our hands, as England and France (the final teams to) get their Euro U21 campaigns off in the toughest possible start. The favourites coming up against the second favourites, sounds like an absolute classic in principle and yours hoping that it really does provide the fireworks that we intend it to. Pre-tournament, England came into it as favourites at 4/1 and France secondly at 9/2, after Italy’s impressive win over Spain in their first match, they’ve moved into tournament favourites.
Both teams absolutely romped to qualification with France only dropping two points and England dropping four, with neither team being beaten. With the current talent at the disposal of both Sylvain Ripoll and Aidy Boothroyd, this comes as no big surprise, with many of the current squads of both teams featuring heavily in Europe’s big leagues this season.
With this being France’s return to the U21 Euro’s after missing out in 2017, they’ll be looking to really stamp their name back on the U21 scene. England on the other hand were historically unsurprisingly beat by current defending champions Germany on penalties and will be hoping to get their name on the trophy this year. England will have some great international competition experience under their belt, as both Tammy Abraham and Demerai Gray appearing in both tournaments for Aidy Boothroyd’s men.
Both managers really do have a wealth of talent at their disposal and the pressure will be largely on both their shoulders to deliver the goods. The talents of both teams really have been on showcase throughout this season as players from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, German Bundesliga will be on show come Tuesday night.
Starting with England, you really can’t dispute the incredible talent they have, Aidy Boothroyd has definitely been handed one of the best chances for decades of claiming U21 glory.
Both Dean Henderson and Angus Gunn have been in great form for their respective clubs this season. With Fiyako Tomori and Lloyd Kelly impressing this season, the pair will be looking to provide some much need stability. With one of Europe’s biggest breakout stars this season Aaron Wan-Bissaka at his disposable, Aidy Boothroyd really does have one of the best players in the tournament providing some pace and creativity from right back.
The midfield is where England’s incredible pool of talent lies with the likes of Harvey Barnes, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Ryan Sessengon and of course star player James Maddison really standing out for their clubs this season. Leicester based Maddison has really had the limelight on him this season and will be carrying a lot of hopes for England this summer on his shoulders.
In attack, they are also incredibly blessed, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demerai Gray, Reiss Nelson and Dominic Solanke at England’s disposal, they really will be near the top of the high-scoring charts.
France also have a massive wealth of talent at their disposal heading into this tournament, especially in midfield and attack. In defence, France will be heavily reliant on Dayot Upamecano, to provide them with some stability at the back. He will be joined by PSG based Colin Dagba, the pair really do have the countries defensive hopes in their hands.
As I said, it’s in midfield and attack where the French really have their strengths, with the likes of Lucas Tousart, Olivier Ntcham, Houssem Auoar & Matteo Guendouzi at Sylvain Ripoll’s hands. The goal-scoring expectation will really fall on the shoulders on Moussa Dembele, the Lyon striker won’t be far from the golden boot and must provide the goals if France are to progress deep into this tournament.
The bet that I really like the most for this match is Both Teams to Score @ 1.70, I’m expecting both teams to really hit the ground running and start the tournament in style. At such a big price considering recent form and BTTS percentage (91.6% over twelve matches), I’m confident to have this as my marquee pick.
I also like the value in an England victory @ 2.75, the English youngsters really do have some serious talent in crucial parts of the pitch. The trio of Mount, Foden & Maddison really is enough to excite most football fans, with this incredible creativity providing the service to clinical strikers in the form of Tammy Abraham & Dominic Calvert-Lewin. I think this English team could really go deep in this tournament.
Both Moussa Dembele and Tammy Abraham are priced up at @ 2.60 to score anytime and I really think both will make their impact on their tournament known. You can double them up for a price of 7.00.
Both Teams to Score @ 1.70
England Win @ 2.75
Moussa Dembele & Tammy Abraham – Anytime Goal-scorer Double @ 7.00