England U21 v Slovakia U21 Predictions & Betting Odds – 19th June 2017

Young Lions face tough Slovakian test

Pickford (England U21)

England U21 v Slovakia U21 Betting Preview – U21 Euro 2017 19th June

The pressure is on England’s Young Lions a little bit as they could only manage a draw in their opening group stage match against hosts Sweden. It was a pretty dour performance as well as England managed just the one shot on target in the entire game and were lucky that Sweden missed a late spot-kick. So now they have to deliver maximum points as Slovakia took a great win in their opener against hosts Poland.

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England U21 v Slovakia U21 Betting Tips

England’s second game in the tournament is not going to be an easy ride for them. Slovakia really attacked Poland at pace in their opener and that will pose England problems too. In contrast, England were really laboured in their opening game, playing out a dour 0-0 draw with Sweden and the Young Lions dodged a bullet when Jordan Pickford saved a late penalty. England only managed the one shot on target in the whole game themselves. So they have to find much better than that or else they are going nowhere and the pressure is on them now with Slovakia winning. That first game will have highlighted questions about the power of England’s attack.

So there’s not a lot of positives to take from that first game as England were so flat and pretty much did nothing with the ball. Up in the anytime goalscorer market, Tammy Abraham is a 5/4 punt with Nathan Redmond at 9/4. England and Slovakia have met three times before at this level and this will be their first coming together since 2003. England won both games in qualifying for the 2004 finals against Slovakia. But, they have met once before in the Finals and Slovakia won that encounter 2-0. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is an England 1-0 but a 1-1 is right there at 6/1. If England loses this then they will probably be going home and it will be the fourth tournament in a row that they have failed in the group stage. You are probably looking at a low scoring game under 2.5 goals.

Slovakia were a solid side through qualification for the tournament and in their opener, they boldly fought back from a goal down against hosts Poland to land a win. So now they have a huge platform to build on and they will now that if they collect three points in this one, they will have a big foot in the semi finals. Slovakia said that they would go out and take the game to Poland and they did. They were quick to the ball, quick to press and looked just overall positive to get the job done. You will have to question whether or not England can match that kind of intensity. Up in the anytime goalscorer market for them, there is Adam Zrelak at 9/4 and both teams not to score in the match at bet365 is a tempting quote of 10/11. There’s no reason why Slovakia would sit back now, if their opener is anything to go by, they don’t look as if they came here to make up the numbers.

England U21 v Slovakia U21 Betting Odds

England 8/11, Draw 11/4, Slovakia 7/2

England U21 v Slovakia U21 Predictions

Draw: After that dour showing against Sweden, England could well be troubled in this one, because Slovakia were really positive against Poland in their opener and played with the kind of pace that could trouble England. It’s a game neither will want to lose, so settle on the draw.