England vs Germany: European Championship u-19 Preview
Last updated: July 7, 2017 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Sunday 9th July, 17:00 (GMT)|
|Venue:||David Petriashvili Stadium|
|Fixture type:||U-19 European Cup|
|Last Match||Germany 2-3 England|
The Premier League may be a long way away, but for some players the 2016/17 season never ended. Just think of the u-19 England squad, sent to the rolling hills of Tbilisi, Georgia to compete in the European Championships. Yet just like the u-20s, u-21s, u-17s and women’s u-23 teams, the u19s are performing well above expectation, and showing little fatigue. Believe it or not, but as of right now, they are actually higher in their group than Germany: the country who have already won the u21s European Cup and the Confederations Cup with consummate ease.
The question here is, do England have the pace and momentum to succeed here and clinch a place in the semi-final, or will Germany beat England, thus proving to have one of the finest national squads since Brazil in the 70s?
So far England have looked convincing, celebrating a great 2-0 win over a weakened Bulgaria courtesy of strikes from Sessegnon and Mount in addition to eking out victory against a strong Netherlands after a late goal from the rising star Brereton. They can take comfort from the fact that Germany have only been successful so far against Bulgaria, suffering a terrible 4-1 loss against the Netherlands. Needing only a draw to secure qualification (and if Netherlands lose or draw they are through regardless) England shouldn’t be too worried about this game; simply by focusing on what has worked for them in the past two matches should assure them of a semi-final match against either the Czech Republic or Georgia.
|Group B So Far|
Germany have a different challenge. After being resoundingly humiliated against Holland courtesy of a fabulous Joël Piroe hat-trick, they will need to work much harder on their defense. They have proved that they can score goals – just look at their fabulous 3-0 victory over Bulgaria – its defending them that proves the much more difficult problem. As a result, I would give the England team the edge, their victory hopefully putting to bed this summer’s omens that Germany will dominate football for the next few years.
Will Chelsea FC be watching this game with any interest? They had six players in the squad during the Holland game.
Spurs on the other hand, will be watching Marcus Edwards closely after his impressive assist against Netherlands, with many fans praising him on Twitter.
|England(4-4-2):||Raqmsdale; Sterling, Jay Dasilva, Edun, Chalobah; Suliman, Dozzell, Edwards, Mount; Sessegnon, Nmecha|
|Subs:||Brereton, Buckley-Ricketts, Josh Dasilva, Trott, Johnson, Maddox, James|
|Germany (4-4-2):||Bansen; Busam, Franke, Gül, Chabot; Geiger, Barkok, Friede, Amenyido; Hack, Saglam|
|Subs:||Schubert, Raum, Götze, Baku, Warschewski, Awoudja|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
As this is a youth game, you cannot expect the same level of coverage on betting sites as for the adult games. Nevertheless, we would recommend heading on over to Betfred in order to get some really interesting odds. When it comes to Match Winning bets, there is so little that separates the teams, England pitted at 6/4 to win while Germany are at 13/8. Although it doesn’t look like a high value bet, we believe that because England have been doing so well, and Germany were so catastrophic against Holland, this represents some good value for England to win.
Again, because it is so tight, the over/under and BBTS markets give you more or less the same result either way. We would consider, given England’s result against the Dutch, to have a punt on one of the half-time/full-time markets, with great odds of 5/1 being offered for England to draw at half time but end up winning the game. As always, be sure to look across all different types of bookmakers before finding a result that you think is good for you.
Betting Tip: Draw/England @ 5-1 Betfred