The European Under-21 Championship gets under way on Saturday and it’s Spain that are currently all the rage with punters who have backed them in from 5/2 from 2/1 to lift the trophy with Betfred over the last few days.
England are considered a genuine threat in Denmark and come next in the outright betting at 9/2 with while the Czech Republic have been the subject of interest, Partybets cutting them from 7/1 to 6/1 and the hosts follow at 8/1 courtesy of Stan James.
Stuart Pearce’s men have a strong enough squad to be genuine contenders in Denmark but they face favourites Spain in their opener on Sunday and that clash will give some indication of how the tournament will pan out.
England aren’t without hope then but with Spanish football in rude health at present, at club and international level, they’re hard to overlook in terms of both the tournament and the weekend clash, ahead of which they’re 6/5 (bet365) to get the better of Pearce’s charges, Ladbrokes’ 11/5 outsiders.
Those wanting to back England’s youngsters could do worse than back them at 15/8 (Coral) to make it to the final and the same firm posts 13/8 against Daniel Sturridge firing the most goals for his country.