LET’S be honest! This European under-21s Championship is failing to inspire and a pal’s Facebook said it all this week.
It read “going to stop watching England under-21s and watch this plaster dry on the wall”!
That says it all and a goalless draw with Ukraine was a poor effort, but tomorrow the tournament will probably come alive – and in betting terms with an England-Spain double paying a reasonable 2-1.
Both games kick off at the same time and, first and foremost, England need to beat the Czech Republic or they are going home before the semi-finals.
That is because the young Three Lions lie a point behind the Czechs, who managed to beat Ukraine and even if Stuart Pearce’s men get a draw tomorrow evening and remain unbeaten they will still be going home.
That would be hugely embarrassing for a side of whom so much was expected – and would leave us red-faced having tipped them to win the tournament. but the gut feeling is that it won’t happen and that England will get the three points needed to take them through.
Having beaten Ukraine 2-1 – something England were unable to do – the Czechs are clearly no mugs with Borek Dockal having scored both their goals and he will pose a big threat tomorrow.
he is now 7-2 to win the golden boot.
However, the feeling is that he’ll be going home and that a classy England team will get it right when they need to.
England are a best-priced 11-10 to win in 90 minutes tomorrow for anyone not wanting to chuck the Spaniards in for a double and anybody fancying the Czechs can get 5-2 with a draw at 11-4.
However, my way of thinking is a double with Spain. who have already found their stride, as illustrated by the midweek 2-0 defeat of the Czechs, will be way too good for the Ukraine at a best-priced 1-2.
Spain looked well on course for victory against England last weekend after playing football typical of their nation – a Danny Welbeck equaliser saving England – but the young Spaniards made no mistake on Wednesday when seeing off Ukraine 2-0 with a brace from hotshot striker Adrian who is deservedly 9-4 to win the golden boot.
That’s probably worth snapping now as even one more goal tomorrow would make him odds-on, let alone the likelihood of another double.
Still, whoever gets the goals, Spain should be too strong for the Ukraine and attractively the Spaniards do need to win to mathematically guarantee qualification for the semis so there will be no B-team or the like being fielded.
A 2-1 double can hopefully fund our weekend and keep alive our 9-2 bet on England winning the thing though at present you would have to be with Spain – a best-priced 8-11 – with Switzerland now next best at a best available 5s.
England are out to a best-priced 7s but the threat of going home will hopefully lift them tomorrow.