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UEFA Under-21 Championship Group A: Germany gunning for revival

| 20.06.2015

Germany suffered a minor set-back in their opening UEFA Under-21 European Championship encounter, when they were held to a 1-1 draw by a defiant Serbia outfit, and will be looking to bounce back when they collide with Group A leaders Denmark.

Despite their opening stalemate, the young Germans are still 2/1 favourites with Coral to go all the way in the tournament on Eastern European soil, but face a tough test against the Danes, who toppled hosts Czech Republic in their first clash to reach the summit of this exciting group.

Germany v. Serbia 1-1

Germany v Denmark
The Germans were widely expected to romp to victory in this summer’s competition, and possessed no less than five senior internationals within their starting line-up for an opening match-up with Serbia.

However, former Southampton loanee Filip Djuricic struck early at the Letna Stadium in Prague to stun the tournament favourites (odds-on 8/13), before versatile Liverpool prospect Emre Can showed great composure to equalise before half-time.

Brendan Rodgers has deployed Can at centre back frequently at Anfield, but the German goalscorer thrived in a midfield role during his nation’s opener, and is 6/1 to net again anytime against Denmark.

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Barcelona’s Champions League winning shot stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced a sensational save to deny Goran Causic in that meeting, diving acrobatically to crash a driven effort off the crossbar. The Nou Camp goal guard is the long-term international successor to Manuel Neuer and is 8/5 to inspire his side to victory with a clean sheet.

For the table topping Danes, second-half strikes from Jannick Vestergaard and Pione Sisto capped off a clinical comeback to topple the host nation Czech Republic in their opener, and they are 19/5 to earn another victory.

In-form finisher Sisto is always an attacking menace and could cause Germany problems. He is 9/1 to open proceedings.

Serbia v Czech Republic
The hosts will be aiming to get their first points on the board when they clash with Serbia, but confidence will be high within their opponent’s ranks after a shock holding of the competition favourites.

Serbia are 17/4 to secure their first win and both teams to score, while the Czech Republic are available at 15/8 to take three points from this Group A encounter.

Germany v. Serbia 1-1

Former Saints loanee Djuricic will hope to follow up his strike against Germany with another crucial effort in this meeting with the host nation, and he is 5/1 to score anytime.

Pavel Kaderabek opened the scoring in the Denmark defeat, and is 6/1 to net again anytime, but frontman Tomas Prikryl is a more likely danger to Serbia and he is 7/1 to strike last.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.