Slovakia U21 v England U21 Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 19, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Monday 19 June – Kolporter Arena – Euro U21 Championships

Aidy Boothroyd’s England U21 charges take on Slovakia in Kielce on Monday evening, with the Young Lions needing a win to get their tournament back on track.

Past Meetings

England have an excellent record against Slovakia at under 21 level, winning all three of their previous meetings. In fact, Slovakia have never even scored against England at this level, with the Young Lions leading 11-0  across a three game aggregate.

Team News

England have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their meeting with the Slovakian side on Monday,  however Boothroyd may look to shuffle his pack following a disappointing start  to the tournament.

The Young Lions looked short of ideas in attack as they laboured to a 0-0 draw against Sweden in their opening game. There are likely to be changes. Leicester City winger Demarai Gray came on against Sweden and he could be called into the starting XI.

Cauley Woodrow is another potential starter, to take the load off star man Tammy Abraham. Jacob Murphy and Lewis Baker may be the players to miss out as Boothroyd chases a much needed victory.

Slovakia also have no real injury concerns ahead of this crunch meeting. They’re likely to name an unchanged team to the one that defeated hosts Poland 2-1 in their opening game. They boast a number of players with experience at senior level. Sampdoria’s Milan Skriniar, Albert Rusnak of Real Salt Lake City  and FK Jablonec’s Adam Zrel’ak are all potential danger men.

Slovakia U21 v England U21 Previews and Predictions

Slovakia will pose a threat to England. Their win over tournament hosts Poland has demonstrated their ability and given them top spot in the group.

However, England know that a draw or defeat could spell the end of their tournament. With so much riding on it, the Young Lions should have enough to secure a key win. An England victory is priced at 5/6 in the betting.

Slovakia showed their goalscoring threat in their first game, but are 26/5 underdogs for this one. Meanwhile the draw’s available at 3/1. England also have some real attacking weapons at their disposal, so goals could be on the cards. An over 2.5 goals bet looks tempting at 19/20.

Recommended Bets

England U21 to win 2-1 at 15/2

With a win virtually a necessity for England to remain in the competition, Boothroyd’s side will be going all out for the win.

Nathan Redmond to score anytime at 11/5

Despite the talents of Abraham in attack, Redmond is the highest goalscorer for England at this level. His experience could be invaluable.

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