The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final will be contested by Germany and Spain on Friday night. Spain cruised through the tournament without dropping a point and have already scored an impressive 12 goals, conceding just two. Germany have a hungry young team and should not be underestimated. We think it will be a hard-fought match in which both sides are ready to go the extra mile in the betting tip. The match will kick off at 8:45 p.m. at the Cracovia Stadium in Krakow.
Germany eliminated England in penalty shootout – value profit in the best odds
The Germans did it again. It happened at the 1990 World Cup in Italy when Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce appeared to be a bundle of nerves when they approached, and at the 1996 European Championship at Wembley, when Gareth Southgate missed from the spot. And on Tuesday night it was Jannik Pollersbeck who saved England’s fifth penalty, taken by Nathan Redmond, to secure Germany a place in the final. Aidy Boothroyd’s side were outplayed for large periods of the game but managed to score two goals. Germany created a lot of goal-scoring chances but converted just two of them to make it 2-2 and that could have costed them the win in the shootout. The Germans had a bit of luck in the group stage as they lost 1-0 to Italy and finished only in second place. The team of manager Stefan Kuntz, who became England’s nightmare in the memorable Euro 1996 semi-final at Wembley, finished as the best runner-up from the three groups. Germany will just be outsiders against Spain when it comes to the comparison of squad values. There are question marks over Selke and Stark who suffered injuries.
Spain have a lot of individual quality – betting tip is for a draw
La Furia Roja have been touted as the overwhelming favourites for the tournament in Poland thanks to their impressive quality in the squad. The 23 squad members put together by Spain have a combined transfer value in today’s market of 270 million euros, much more than that of Germany which is valued at 150.50 million euros. Spain are enjoying a great tournament and they are still unbeaten. They finished in first place in the group after winning their three games against Macedonia, Portugal and Serbia. Saul Niguez’s stock is rising fast after a great hat-trick he scored in Spain’s impressive 3-1 victory over Italy. He is one of the team’s key players as he has already scored five goals in the tournament. Spain have gained a lot of confidence in their previous games and will try to take that momentum into the final against Germany. Despite their superior individual quality, we think that they are coming up against a very unpleasant opposition.
Betting tip for Germany versus Spain
After their dramatic shootout win over England, Germany will be outsiders in the final with odds between 3.57 and 4.30. The maximum odds offer a good value profit of 4.83% which makes it worth betting on a Germany win. Spain are still unbeaten and are considered the undisputed favourites to win the tournament with odds ranging from 1.81 to 1.97. A draw is likely and will pay out odds between 3.28 and 3.82, including a value profit of 2.57% in the maximum odds. Our tip: Spain have a lot of quality in their squad and especially their offensive qualities are widely recognised. However, the Germans act as a team and are always strong in tournaments. For that reason, we are backing a tight game to end in a draw after 90 minutes at best odds of 3.82 and a value profit of 2.57%.