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Denmark Under-21 vs Italy Under-21 predictions, betting tips and preview: Azzurrini to make winning start

  • Denmark U21 vs Italy U21 predictions for their European U21 Championship match on Sunday
  • This is the first game for these teams at the 2017 UEFA U21 finals in Poland
  • Read on for our free predictions and betting tips
Federico Bernardeschi (right) of Italy Under-21s in action against Portugal Under-21s (credit: Getty Images)

Denmark Under-21 vs Italy Under-21 predictions for their European Under-21 Championship match in Krakow on Sunday. These teams are playing their opening game of the tournament. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.


Italy are the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Under-21 Championship and can launch their bid for a sixth tournament victory by beating Denmark.

The Azzurrini triumphed in this biennial competition three times in a row between 1992 and 1996 and added further titles to their record in 2000 and 2004 before it was switched to odd-numbered years in order to avoid clashing with the World Cup and senior European Championship.

More recently, finishing runners-up to Spain in 2013 was the best the Italians have achieved since their last win, but they can afford to be hopeful this time around of being involved at the business end in Poland.

Third favourites in the outright market behind Spain and Germany, Luigi Di Biagio’s side were unbeaten in their qualification group as they just edged out Serbia and had a fantastic defensive record of only three goals conceded in their 10 matches, which was the joint best record along with Sunday’s opponents Denmark and also England.

Daniele Rugani (right) in action for Italy Under-21 (Getty Images)
That suggests goals will be at a premium in Krakow, but since they confirmed their place last autumn the Danes have become much more vulnerable at the back and were emphatically beaten by Spain and England in friendly matches during the March international break.

Those results should certainly give plenty of encouragement to an Italy squad that contains some exciting attacking players, notably Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi and Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi who are both likely to end up playing for top European clubs.

Individually, Denmark do not appear to be at quite the same level and it’s interesting to note that their two outfield players who are based in England, Lasse Christensen and Kenneth Zohore, both ply their trade for Championship clubs.

Superior ability does not always win out in the junior ranks but on this occasion, Italy genuinely look a cut above their rivals and are taken to get their campaign off to a winning start.

Denmark Under-21 vs Italy Under-21 stats


  • These countries have met in seven previous competitive matches at under-21 level, Italy winning four while the three most recent were all drawn
  • Both teams have scored in only four of Denmark Under-21’s last 12 matches
  • Over 2.5 goals have been scored in nine of those 12 games

Recommended bets


Italy to win @ 4/5 with bet365
Draw HT/Italy FT @ 18/5 with BetVictor


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Denmark Under-21 vs Italy Under-21 predictions, betting tips and preview: Azzurrini to make winning start

Denmark Under-21 vs Italy Under-21 predictions for their European Under-21 Championship match in Krakow on Sunday. These teams are playing their opening game of the tournament. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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