The 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship will take place between the 16th and 30th June in Italy and San Marino. This will be the 22nd edition of the popular football tournament and gives European fans of international football a great tournament to watch in the summer.
Not only will the tournament crown the best European nation at Under-21 level, it also serves as European qualifying for the Olympic Games football tournament in 2020.
A total of 12 teams will participate in the tournament and will be drawn into three groups, each containing 4 teams. The winners of each group and the best runner-up qualifies for the semi-finals and also the 2020 Olympic Games.
The defending European Under-21 champions are Germany but which other teams could challenge for title this year? Find out by reading our 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship predictions.
1. Format of the European Under-21 Championship
This is worth knowing, because it will help to shape our quest in (hopefully) finding a tournament winner.
Qualification for the competition was straight forward enough: Italy goes straight into the hat as hosts, along with the eleven group winners from qualification (Poland, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Serbia, Croatia, Belgium, Romania, Austria and Spain). The best four runners-up in qualifying met in a play-off round, and it was Poland and Austria who prevailed.
So yes, that is correct, the likes of Portugal, Sweden and the Netherlands have all failed to qualify.
The official draw has been made, and the teams will play each other in a standard round-robin format. The groups are as follows:
Group A: Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium.
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Serbia, Austria.
Group C: England, France, Romania, Croatia.
As you can see, that is three tough groups to try and predict, although clearly in Group B it is Germany who has been handed the easiest draw.
Each of the group winners progresses straight through to the semi-finals, and they will be joined by the runner-up that gains the most points. The winners of those two matches will then meet in the final on June 30 in Udine.
2. Who will Win the 2019 European U21 Championship?
As highlighted above, Germany are the defending champions and despite the country suffering a disappointing 2018 World Cup, they remain top of the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship betting odds.
Germany enjoyed a successful 2017 Confederations Cup and some of the players which participated in that tournament could have a part to play in the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Germany have reached at least the semi-final in three of the last five UEFA European Under-21 Championships, winning two of them and will be hoping to pick up the trophy for the third time in their history.
Unibet have Germany as one of the favourites to win the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship at 4.00. Continue reading for more U21 Euro Championship betting tips.
3. Other Contenders
The hosts of a big international tournament always have the advantage of playing in-front of their own fans and Italy will be hoping it pays off for their team. Italy are the most successful nation in the history of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning the tournament five times.
However, you must go back to 2004 to find the last time they won the event, having come runners-up in 2013. The current full national team is not very strong and the under-21’s will be hoping to bring some cheer to the country by winning the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. You can back Federico Chiesa and co to win at 6.00 with Unibet.
The Spanish can never be written off when it comes to international football tournaments at any level. Spain were the first team to qualify for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning their group with ease. They have contested three of the last four finals, winning two of them and have some fantastic young talent in their team.
Spain are one of the major contenders to win the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and you can back them at 5.00.
Other teams who will believe they have a good chance of winning the event include France at 4.00. The French will be looking to make it a World Cup and UEFA European Under-21 Championship double and England at 4.00, join France as teams yet to win the event since the single final format was introduced in 1994.
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