A frustrating goalless draw against Ukraine means that England’s under-21s need a victory against the Czech Republic in their final group game, to qualify for semi-finals of the European Championship in Denmark.
Wednesday’s stalemate saw Stuart Pearce’s men drift to 7/1 with in the outright betting for the tournament but those odds will come down again if they see off the Czechs to book their place in the last four, a result Paddy Power offer at 6/5.
Jakub Dovalil’s charges went down 2-0 to Spain in midweek and subsequently need a point from Sunday’s clash to progress. They’re 9/4 (Betfred) to ensure England share the spoils once more while Sportingbet quote another goalless encounter for Pearce’s troops at 17/2 and Totesport offer 2/1 for the Czech Republic to come out on top in Viborg.
England have lacked a little cutting edge going forward in their opening couple of games but have been solid defensively, so supporters could be forgiven for expecting a low-scoring stalemate. Backing Pearce’s youngsters at 1/2 in Stan James’ ‘Draw No Bet’ market could be the solution for the cautious.
For the more confident, bet365 chalk 11/4 against the ‘Three Lions’ nicking it by a one-goal margin and Ladbrokes, more specifically, offer 8/1 for England to register a 2-1 success, although their solid back four perhaps hints more at a win ‘to nil’ (2/1, Partybets) and those in agreement can tackle Coral’s 6/1 for Pearce’s troops to grab the only goal.
Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge came closest to breaking the deadlock against Ukraine, rattling the crossbar with a stunning volley and he tempts at 11/2 with William Hill to open the scoring this time around. Nevertheless, it’s a clash that looks set to produce fewer than 2.5 goals, an outcome Betdaq rate at 1.75 (3/4).
In the day’s other encounter, Spain need just a point against Ukraine to secure a semi-final berth but after their impressive display against the Czech Republic, Luis Milla’s charges, Stan James’ 4/9 favourites, should be able to secure maximum points.