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UEFA Under-21 Championship Group B: Can Young Lions claw back?

| 21.06.2015

England have work to do if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the Under-21 European Championship, after losing their Group B opener to Portugal in the Czech Republic.

Next, they face Sweden, who beat Italy, so Coral preview two second round of fixtures of the pool.

Sweden v England
The young Swedes shocked Italy in their opening game of the tournament, as a late penalty from Bordeaux forward Isaac Kiese Thelin completed a 2-1 fightback.

Despite that victory, though, England are still odds-on favourites with Coral to triumph here, with Sweden temptingly priced at 10/3.

Thelin and fellow scorer against the Italians John Guidetti, currently owned by Manchester City, can both be backed to net anytime at 11/4, with the former 8/1 to strike last once more.

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For Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions, they will be hoping that star striker Harry Kane can be on target, having failed to do so in the 1-0 loss to Portugal.

The in-demand Spurs frontman is odds-on at 10/11 in the anytime market, while he is a more enticing 4/1 to bag a brace or better.

Kane is also the subject of a Coral match special, with an enhanced price of 5/2 for him to score and England Under-21s win (maximum stake of £20).

New Liverpool signing Danny Ings, meanwhile, will be another forward threat, and he is 4/1 to strike first. While Derby County schemer Will Hughes is also a tempting 4/1 shout just to score anytime.

Italy v Portugal
With Portugal taking all three points against England, they go into this fixture with Italy as the 5/4 favourites for victory again, to all-but qualify for the semis.

Full international Joao Mario, of Sporting Lisbon, got the winner in the group opener, and is a great shout at 14/5 to score anytime again here.

Monaco’s Bernardo Silva and Porto’s Ricardo Pereira also represent attacking threats for the Portuguese, and are respective 11/5 and 19/10 shouts in the same market.

For the Italians (11/5 to win), Juventus co-owned rising star Domenico Berardi, who has been prolific for Sassuolo the last three seasons, netted against Sweden. He opened the scoring, so is 13/2 to do so again, and 23/10 just to be on target anytime.

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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.