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England U21 v Germany U21 Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 26, 2017

- Grant Whittington

 

Tuesday 27 June – Tychy City Stadium – Euro U21 Championships

England U21 take on Germany U21 in Tychy late on Tuesday afternoon, as the European Under 21 Championships reach the semi-final stage. It’s a re-run of the 2009 final, as Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions look to avenge that painful defeat.

Past Meetings

There’s been two friendly games between the teams since Germany’s 4-0 success in that 2009 final. England U21 won 3-2 a couple of years ago, while Nadiem Amiri scored the only goal of the game for the Germans in March.

Team News

There’s a worry over one of England’s star performers going into this one. Nathan Redmond came off in the first half against Poland last Thursday, and faces a race to be fit. Demarai Gray is pushing for a start whether Redmond is available or not. Meanwhile Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah was also forced off against Poland, and is another doubt for the semi.

Like England, Germany’s attack has looked full of threat in the tournament so far. The pace of Serge Gnarby, Mitchell Wesier and Max Meyer supports Davie Selke, and will pose problems to a Young Lions defence that’s looked shaky at times.

England U21 v Germany U21 Preview and Predictions

The winner of the other semi-final between Italy and Spain awaits either England U21 or rivals Germany. It will be a tough test against either one of the finalists from the 2013 edition of the tournament, but a challenge to relish with silverware up for grabs.

England U21 haven’t won the European Under 21 Championships since back to back victories in 1982 and 1984. Boothroyd’s side have grown as the competition has progressed, and ended up coming through their group relatively comfortably. This represents a step up though, and the Young Lions will need to roar in unison if they want to reach the final. They go into the game as underdogs with the bookies at 9/4.

Stefan Kuntz’s Germany were better value for their friendly win earlier this year than the 1-0 scoreline suggests. Their confidence won’t exactly be sky high though after losing against Italy to miss out on topping Group C. They still start this semi-final as favourites though, priced at 7/5 in the betting. If you think the game will be a draw at the end of 90 minutes, the odds are 12/5.

Recommended Bets

Nathan Redmond to score the only goal of the game at 40/1

This is a great price on Redmond – who is chasing Alan Shearer’s England U21 goalscoring record – settling a tight game with a decisive goal. Davie Selke is 28/1 to do the same for Germany.

Both teams to score at 10/11

On the other hand, go for this bet if you think both teams will get on the scoresheet. With so much at stake, this could be more likely than either side keeping a clean sheet.

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