THE European Under-21 Championship kicks off on Saturday and one of the dark horses get the action underway.

Iceland qualified through the play-offs by beating Scotland home and away and also hammered Germany recently in the qualifiers.

They beat England in a friendly recently and will field a team with bags of experience at full international level.

Iceland open against Belarus and are a best 11-8 with William Hill to start with a win. Belarus are 13-10 with Ladbrokes.

Spain and England are top two in the outrights and also meet in their opener on Sunday.

Iceland have been drawn in the easier Group A alongside the hosts, Denmark and Switzerland and have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

England are likely to be Group B runners-up so they won't be feared by the Icemen. So on the outrights consider Scotland's conquerors at a best 11-1 with bet365 each way.

William Hill go 3-1 Spain and England meet again in the Final while I'm on the Spaniards at 2-1 with Betfred to win the tournament.

Their hopes could depend on Barca star Bojan Krkic while at the back Man United's new £17million signing David de Gea won't be passed easily.

Spain, however, will be missing Sergio Busquets and did finish second to Holland in qualifying.

England have quality in the shape of Daniel Sturridge, Scott Sinclair, Jack Rodwell and Danny Welbeck but doubts remain over boss Stuart Pearce's ability to get the best from his men.

They are a biggest 9-2 at Chandler while William Hill make Chelsea striker Sturridge 13-8 favourite ahead of Welbeck to top-score for England in the tournament.

In Saturday's other game the best bet could be both teams to score. Denmark lack quality but not support while Switzerland love to attack but concede. Both to score pays 17-20 with Stan James.


Spain to win tournament

(2-1, Betfred)

Sturridge to top score for England

(13-8,William Hill)

Iceland to beat Belarus

(11-8, William Hill)

Both teams to score Denmark v Swiss

(17-20, Stan James)


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