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Spain u-21 v Italy u-21: Reigning champions to retain Euro title

| 16.06.2013

Favourites Spain look set to edge out a dynamic Italy side in the Under-21 European Championship Final in Israel on Tuesday.

Julen Lopetegui’s side have yet to be breached, and at 10/11 represent a worthy investment to defeat Italy in Jerusalem.

Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea has not needed to pick the ball out of his net during his country’s four games in the tournament so far, producing an 100% win record.

In fact, Spain U-21’s haven’t lost a match this season, winning seven of their last eight in all competitions.

Opponents Italy have only lost one in eight competitively this campaign, and have been impressive during the Euros thus far, going unbeaten on route to the final with three wins and a draw.

The Italians have let in just one goal, and when Devis Mangia’s team meet Spain the tournament’s two best defences will be pitted against one another.

Italy are priced at 3/1 to provide a shock in the showpiece final, after Liverpool striker Fabio Borini booked their spot with the winner against Holland.

Borini is 8/1 to score first again, while England’s conqueror Lorenzo Insigne of Udinese is a 7/1 price. The pair are also at 5/2 and 9/4 to score at any time respectively.

Juventus-owned Manolo Gabbiadini has scored two goals so far and is a worthy option at 7/1 to score first at 9/4 anytime.

For Spain, Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata is the tournament’s leading scorer with four goals with the 20-year-old responsible for half of his nation’s tally.

Morata is 6/4 to strike anytime, 5/1 to break the deadlock and perhaps the only player worth considering to score a hat-trick priced at 33/1.

Malaga playmaker Isco – who is interesting Madrid and Manchester City this summer – has two goals from midfield and at 9/1 to score first and 3/1 anytime should not be ignored.

Spain have won two games 3-0 and two games 1-0 during the competition so far, and could offer a repeated scoreline of the latter against Italy at 11/2, with the former a price of 14/1.

Italy drew with Norway 1-1 in the group stage – who Spain crushed 3-0 in the semi-finals – and another stalemate for the Italians can be backed at 23/10.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Jamie Dickenson