As we all predicted and expected, England won’t be playing in the Final of the U21s Euros on Friday evening due to typically being knocked out at the semi-final stage on penalties against the Germans.
But we all probably expected Spain to be in the Final and England would have been mauled had they got there, so either way, the national team wouldn’t have won the competition anyway. But this does set up an intriguing Final in St. Petersburg with both sides certainly capable of playing an expansive game with sprinkles of champagne football to boot.
Spain have probably been the most impressive side in the tournament, with many tipping their young stars to win the tournament now, but Germany are Germany, they know how to win and often find a way to defeat their opponents.
The Spanish do have it all though. The semi against Italy was supposed to be a tricky test for them and they passed with flying colours thanks to a hat-trick from Saul, who normally plays a defensive midfield position for his club Atletico Madrid.
Marco Asensio has been one of the players of the tournament and is the joint top goalscorer in the competition, despite playing in midfield. He’ll surely be one to watch on Friday evening, as will Everton target Sandro, who could end up joining the Goodison Park club for just £5m if reports are to be believed.
The Spanish have also been very tight in giving goals away, conceding just one goal from their four games, compared to the Germany who were pretty fortunate to qualify for the knockout stages following their surprising, narrow, 1-0 defeat to Italy in match three of the group stage, progressing to the semi-finals stage on goal difference.
The Two Potential Teams…
GERMANY: Pollersbeck, Toljan, Gerhardt, Stark, Jung, Meyer, Arnold, Amiri, Dahoud, Philipp, Selke
SPAIN: Arrizabalaga, Bellerin, Vallejo, Mere, Gaya, Ceballos, Saul, Suarez, Asensio, Deulofeu, Sandro
What We Sayin’?
Germany snuck past England in the last round on penalties, despite the display from England being pretty poor, they still managed to find a couple of goals against them. Germany did create a number of great chances but failed to take them – they will be punished if that proves to be the case again in St Petersburg.
Spain have looked dangerous every time they’ve gone forward and we think it’ll be comfortable for them in the end. Another 3-1 win for the Spanish could well be on the cards and we’re backing them to win by that scoreline at a pretty decent looking 12/1.
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