GERMANY remain favourites to win the European Under-21 Championship despite starting with a laboured draw against Serbia.
They are 11-4 with 888sport and BetVictor with England and Portugal joint 5-1 favourites ahead of their meeting on Thursday night.
Germany were unimpressive even before going down to 10 men so let’s hope England live up to their billing although it won’t be easy.
I lost 11pts on the Super Single by putting my faith in Germany and it’s a pity I didn’t instead back Denmark at 29-20 after tipping them to beat hosts the Czech Republic. But hindsight is something all punters would love to have – and it’s only trolls who have been blessed with that quality.
Much of the focus will be on England U-21s and while I’m tempted to back Gareth Southgate’s men at a best 28-17 with 888sport it might pay to go with both to score instead at 5-6 with bet365.
England of course have Harry Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer, as well as Liverpool new boy Danny Ings and even Jesse Lingaard but Saido Berahino has been ruled out through injury and that’s a concern. There is strength throughout the side but the absence of Everton’s John Stones for the first two matches after he suffered concussion is a blow.
Kane is 11-2 with bet365 to score first and it’s difficult to resist but the Spurs man’s reputation will go before him and he’ll be closely watched. To score at any time Kane is 15-8 at bet365.
England beat Portugal 3-1 on a friendly at Burnley last year but their rivals have some decent players including Monaco’s Bernardo Silva, Porto’s Ricardo Pereira and Sporting’s Carlos Mane.
The other group game sees Italy take on tournament outsiders Sweden and the Italians are 20-21 at Betfred. Sweden deserve a bit of respect after shocking a powerful France side in the play-offs.
I considered btts at Degerfors v Syrianska in the Swedish Superettan but the only previous meetings at Stora Valla haven’t brought up the market so I’ll leave it.
Elsewhere there’s too much on the go until Peru-Venezuela in Copa America unless anyone’s doing their homework on the Icelandic Cup matches.
I’m golfing in the morning so will be away all day.I have two tips on the England game – and please remember I won’t be dragging you to the bookies to put them on.
It’s your choice – but what were Brazil all about last night? Bookies are liking this Copa America more than men.
4pts England v Portugal U-21s btts (7.45pm)
3pts Kane to score
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11 bets (1 winner, 10 losers)
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