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The U20 FIFA World Cup takes 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 Group Stage
There were six groups in total and the top two teams from each group have qualified 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 were drawn in Group F along with Portugal, South Korea and South Africa. Argentina, as expected, came through on top of that group and have been joined by South Korea in the knockout stages of the competition.
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 came top of a group containing Honduras, New Zealand and Norway. Uruguay won all three of their games.
The top European contenders in the draw include France, who came top of their group and won the tournament in 2013 and Italy, who also topped their group to reach the round of 16. The question is, which team has what it takes to go on and win the tournament. Check out our 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup predictions below and don't forget to compare FIFA U20 World Cup 2019 odds.
2. U-20 FIFA World Cup Winner Prediction
The French started the tournament as one of the favourites and nothing has changed following the group stages. They won all three of their matches to top the group and defeated Saudi Arabia, Panama and Mali. It wasn’t a tough group but there is more to come from this talented French team.
With players including Dan-Axel Zagadou of Borussia Dortmund, Jean-Clair Todibo of Barcelona, Mickaël Cuisance of Borussia Monchengladbach and Moussa Diaby of Paris Saint-Germain, the French look very strong throughout.
They have drawn the United States in the round of 16, who finished second in their group behind Ukraine and should come through that match. France are the 3.75 favourites with Unibet to win the FIFA U20 World Cup 2019 but they could come across a stumbling block in the quarter-final.
The way the draw has worked out, we could see a meeting between France and Uruguay in the quarter-final. As highlighted above, Uruguay won all three of their matches in the group and have been drawn with Ecuador in the round of 16.
Ecuador came through as a third place team and are not expected to go any further in the tournament. Much of the Uruguay squad are based in their home country but they have three players in Spain and three in Italy. Darwin Núñez and Brian Rodríguez both play for Penarol and are the key men going forward in terms of goals.
You can back Uruguay at 12.00 with Unibet to win the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup.
Another strong contender from South America is Argentina. They have managed to avoid the half of the draw which includes France and Uruguay and that could work in their favour. The defeat to South Korea at the end of the group stage will have come as a bit of a shock but Argentina were already through by then.
They have won this event six times in their history and will be confident of adding another one to their roll of honour this year. The bulk of the squad is based in Argentina, with only three players currently playing their football outside their homeland. The goals of Adolfo Julián Gaich will be important if Argentina are to go all the way and they are on offer at 5.00 to win the tournament.
Another good team to involve in your U20 World Cup predictions should be Italy. They are already in the quarter-finals afrer beating Poland 1-0.
For those looking to back a team at longer odds at the FIFA U20 World Cup 2019, Senegal make an interesting bet. They are one of three African teams remaining in the competition and topped a group containing Colombia and the hosts, Poland.
They have been good in defence and are yet to concede a goal in the tournament. There is every chance they could reach the semi-final and from there, anything can happen. Senegal are available at 17.00 with Unibet to win the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup.
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