The U20 FIFA World Cup will take place between the 23rd May and 15th June in Poland. The 2019 edition of the tournament will be the 22nd time it has been contested and it will be the first time a FIFA event has been staged in Poland.
A total of six different venues around Poland will be used for the tournament and the opening match and final will be played at the Stadion Widzewa in Łódź.
Interestingly, England, who are the defending champions will not be playing in the event as they failed to qualify. The England team lost 3-0 to Norway in a play-off at the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Finland and will therefore not be in Poland to defend their title.
England become the sixth consecutive winner of the FIFA U-20 World Cup not to defend their title at the following tournament.
1. FIFA U20 World Cup 2019 Groups
At the time of writing, the FIFA U20 World Cup 2019 odds have not been released and we do not have a favourite in terms of the betting for the tournament yet. Of course, we will post them as soon as they'll appear online.
However, when making 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup predictions we can take a look at the teams who have qualified and assess their chances. There are six groups in total and the top two teams from each group qualify for the round of 16.
Looking at previous winners of the tournament and South America dominates, with Argentina having claimed 6 wins and Brazil 5 wins. Argentina have been drawn in Group F along with Portugal, South Korea and South Africa. Argentina will expect to qualify from that group, probably alongside Portugal and if they come top, should have a favourable draw in the knockout stages.
Brazil were also many people’s favourites in the early FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 betting but they have failed to qualify for the tournament. This could open the door for another South American nation and Uruguay will fancy their chances of doing well in Poland.
Uruguay were placed in pot 1 of the draw thanks to their previous record at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will be happy to be in a group which contains Honduras, New Zealand and Norway.
The top European contenders in the draw include France, who won the tournament in 2013 and Italy, who have never reached the final.
2. U-20 FIFA World Cup Winner Prediction
You can never write off the hosts, just look at what Russia did in the 2018 World Cup and Poland will be hoping to feature in prominently in the FIFA U20 World Cup 2019 betting. They have very little history of doing well in this tournament but with Colombia, Tahiti and Senegal in their group, they have a chance of making it to the round of 16.
Other nations to look out for in the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup predictions include Mexico, Nigeria and United States, the latter two of which have been drawn in the same group.
Anyway, when it comes to U20 FIFA World Cup 2019 winner predictions, we are betting on Argentina.
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