Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 side face what is arguably the toughest assignment in the European Championships in their first game, as they tackle 15/8 tournament favourites Spain on Sunday.
England are a 4/1 shot courtesy of Totesport to lift the trophy and Coral chalk them up at 15/8 to get to the final in Denmark, but they’re nevertheless expected to kick-off their campaign with a defeat against the Spanish, who are priced at 13/10 by Stan James to see off Pearce’s charges, bet365’s 13/5 underdogs.
Betdaq quote England’s youngsters at 3.25 (9/4) to land a share of the spoils, it’s 6/1 (William Hill) for the contest, in the MCH Arena in Denmark, to finish one-each and in the handicaps Partybets hand Pearce’s troops a goal start at odds of 7/20.
England however, have a strong squad and it would no surprise if punters on these shores fancied their chances, even against a team with as much quality as Luis Milla’s. Subsequently, Betfred’s 11/1 for Pearce’s side to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline could attract cash, alongside Sportingbet’s 6/1 for England to nick it after a drawn first half.
In attack, Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic heads the first scorer betting at 5/1 with Paddy Power and from an England perspective, Chelsea marksman Daniel Sturridge, who shone during his loan spell at Bolton last season, is rated by Ladbrokes at 6/1 to break the deadlock.
Spain to beat England – 13/10 (Stan James)