England Under 21 get their European Championship quest underway on Thursday evening when they face a tough match against Portugal U21. . Find here our article containing the best ENGLAND U21 vs PORTUGAL U21 betting preview with betting tips, predictions, probable lineups, betting promotions, enhanced odds and no deposit bonuses.
ENGLAND U21 v PORTUGAL U21 BETTING PREVIEWThe Young Lions have been in good form in the lead up to this tournament having won 14 of their last 15 matches, including a 1-0 victory over Belarus in their final warm-up match at Oakwell with a defeat in France in the middle of that run.
Gareth Southgate will utilise a 4-2-3-1 formation with Harry Kane as the central striker with Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and Pritchard behind him. Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson may be in competition at right-back while John Stones suffered a suspected concussion in training during the week and will miss the match. Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek could also make his competitive debut at some stage while Saido Berahino has been forced to withdraw from the squad due to a knee injury - replaced by Benik Afobe.
Portugal are playing in their first European Championships since 2007 after failing to qualify for the last three editions of the competition. They beat Netherlands 7-4 on aggregate in the play-off to reach the tournament. Portugal will look to end a run of three matches without a win heading into the tournament
The absence of Andre Gomes through injury is a blow but Rui Jorge has named eight full internationals in his squad with Monaco’s Bernardo Silva and William Carvalho both involved with the senior team in last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Armenia. Porto youngster Gonçalo Paciencia should lead the line having overcome an injury. Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori will start at centre back for Portugal alongside Paulo Oliveira.
Danny Ings scored a brace on his home ground when these two sides met in November when ENGLAND U21 defeated Purtugal with an impressive 3-1. Prior to that match, Portugal securing a narrow 1-0 earliear in 2014.
ENGLAND U21 v PORTUGAL U21 PROBABLE LINEUPS
ENGLAND U21 (4-2-3-1): Butland; Jenkinson, Moore, Gibson, Garbutt; Ward-Prowse, Carroll; Redmond, Ings, Pritchard; Kane.
PORTUGAL U21 (4-4-2): José Sá; Esgaio, Paulo Oliveira, Tiago Ilori, Guerreiro; William Carvalho, Sérgio Oliveira, João Mário, Bernardo Silva; Cavaleiro, Gonçalo Paciencia.
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|THE DRAW|| 3.40 with||Bet £10, win £34.00|
|PORTUGAL U21|| 2.90 with||Bet £10, win £29.00|
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