CAN favourites Germany bounce back after dropping points against Serbia? Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) gives us his best bets.
Germany U21 v Denmark U21 | Saturday 19:45 | BT Sport 1
Time hasn’t been on my side in recent weeks but I managed to allocate some hours to study this tournament. Looking at the bare form I was surprised to see Germany such strong favourites. Yes, they have the tournament ability and the likes of Emre Can and Kevin Volland amongst their rank but their qualifying results hardly made you gasp.
Their qualifying group consisted of Romania, Montenegro, Republic Of Ireland and the Faroe Islands and to my untrained eye that doesn’t seem too taxing. To be fair though, they were fairly brutal in their 5-0 aggregate win over Ukraine in the play-offs.
Their supporters took a bit of a hit on Wednesday night though when they failed to beat Serbia in their opening Euro 2015 match. That certainly raised eyebrows and puts the pressure on here against Denmark.
The Danes have been outstanding over the last two years in this age group. They had the likes of Russia, Slovenia and Bulgaria in their qualifying group and came out of it unbeaten with eight wins out of 10.
The play-offs weren’t easy though as they scrambled through on away goals against Iceland. The Icelanders managed to draw in France in qualifying so are certainly not an easy side to overcome.
The Danes kicked off their Czech Republic adventure on Wednesday with a brilliant 2-1 win against the hosts in Prague. It was a deserved victory and it sets them up nicely.
Germany are odds on across the board here (just like they were on Wednesday) but I’m going to swerve that and have a bite on the draw at 14/5 at Betway. I’m loathe to play at short prices while I’m gaining a feel for the tournament and 14/5 is big, I’m not going to underestimate Denmark here.
Germany U21 v Denmark U21 – Draw (14/5 Betway)