Latest outright odds for the 2019 European Under-21 Championship – preview of the tournament in Italy and San Marino and a guide to the range of bets available.
England are vying for favouritism as the under-21 team aim to emulate two of their fellow age-group sides’ 2017 achievements by capturing a major international trophy.
Two years ago, England’s Under-17s and Under-20s won their respective World Cups and with the Three Lions now roaring at every level of football, and in both the men’s and women’s game, the spotlight now shines upon Aidy Boothroyd’s youngsters.
In the 2017 European Under-21 Championship, England lost on penalties in the semi-finals to eventual winners Germany, and subsequently they have continued to set high standards, winning the Toulon Tournament and qualifying for these finals in Italy with ease.
Boothroyd, whose team are 9/2 to lift the trophy with bookmaker Paddy Power, has been allowed to include in his squad two strikers who have been capped by the senior England team – Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke.
Beginning their campaign against France in Cesena on Tuesday June 18, England will also face Romania and Croatia during the group stage.
The team with whom England are sharing top spot in the betting is Spain, who won this biennial title in 2011 and 2013 and lost the final 1-0 to Germany two years ago.
Their main source of goals is likely to be Borja Mayoral, who was on loan at Levante from Real Madrid this season, and ahead of group matches against Italy, Belgium and Poland, the Spanish team can be backed at 9/2 in the outright betting with bet365.
France, who are sure to have been inspired by the success of their countrymen at last year’s World Cup, are the 5/1 third favourites and have a number of players available who have already made the step up to the senior national team.
Germany, 11/2 with William Hill, are in the other of the three groups which also consists of Denmark, Serbia and Austria. Their manager Stefan Kuntz scored the equaliser, and also a penalty during the shootout, in the Germans’ Euro 96 semi-final victory against England.
In a very tight betting market, hosts Italy are also just half a point away from being joint favourites with some bookmakers and they have plenty of continuity with their coach Luigi di Biagio having been in charge of the under-21 team since 2013, leading them to second place in this championship during his first year at the helm.
2019 European Under-21 Championship Outright Betting
9/2 England (Paddy Power)
9/2 Spain (bet365)
5/1 France (bet365)
11/2 Germany (William Hill)
7/1 Italy (bet365)
18/1 Belgium (Paddy Power
20/1 Denmark (William Hill)
20/1 Serbia (bet365)