Sweden v England U21 Betting Offers & Odds - 16th June 2017
As England’s Under 21 Squad Look to Copy the U20s We Preview Sweden U21 v England U21 and Make Two Betting Predictions.
Top Betting Tip:
At the best price of 5/6 with Ladbrokes and with plenty of quality players in their ranks, England U21s will be expecting to kick off their tournament with a win. A win is also very important with tricky matches against Slovakia and the hosts, Poland, to come afterwards.
The Under 21s will take inspiration from the exploits of the Under 20 side but the problem that England teams of all ages have faced in major tournaments is dealing with the combination of pressure and expectations.
That is where Boothroyd comes in. The manager has been working as part of the FA’s coaching set up for several years and knows many of his players very well indeed. He’s also displayed excellent motivation skills before most notably in the early part of his time as Watford manager.
England are favourites for a reason but it’s not going to be plain sailing for them by any means. So, rather than simply backing Boothroyd’s side, bet on them to win and both teams to score at 3/1 with BetVictor.
For a slightly longer odds option, a bet on England winning 2-1 could pay off nicely at 8/1 with Betfair.
England Under 20 team did something that no England side have done since 1966 on Sunday. In winning the Under 20 World Cup in South Korea, Paul Simpson’s men went straight into the record books and raised hopes for the future of the national side after their disappointing draw with Scotland the day before.
Another England youth side recorded an impressive victory at the final of the Toulon Tournament and now it is time for Aidy Boothroyd’s Under 21 side to step up to the plate at the U21 European Championships.
England’s Under 21 side are ranked a 9/1 shot to win the tournament with Ladbrokes. That suggests Boothroyd’s men are up against it but they go into the opening game of their campaign as the odds-on favourites to beat Sweden.
Sweden may be the defending champions having won the tournament two years ago but anything other than an England win will go down as a disappointing start for the Three Lions.
Match Stats and Form
- England have only won one of their last three games leading up to the U21 European Championships
- Sweden lost their tournament warm-up game 2-0 to Denmark
- England beat Sweden 1-0 thanks to a late Jesse Lingard goal when they met in the group stages of the 2015 U21 European Championships
- Twice winners of this tournament, England last reached the final in 2009
- England have failed to make it past the group stage in each of the last three tournaments
Sweden U21 – Erlandsson; Lundqvist, Wahlqvist, Une-Larsson, Ssewankambo; Tibbling, Eliasson, Hallberg, Fransson; Strandberg, Tankovic
England U21 – Pickford; Chambers, Chilwell, Holding, Mawson; Chalobah, Ward-Prowse, Hughes; Redmond, Gray, Woodrow
England will hope that they’ve got enough talent and Premier League experience in their midfield to be able to dominate possession. In that regard James Ward-Prowse and Nathaniel Chalobah will be very important but the key battle ground could be in wide positions.
The pace, dribbling and finishing ability of Demarai Gray and Nathan Redmond will pose the Swedish defence with a big challenge to overcome. From a Swedish perspective, their best chance of getting off to a winning start comes via the excellent Niclas Eliasson. He can pick a killer pass and score goals so England must try to keep him under wraps.