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Irish bookmaker Paddy Power will be refunding losing bets on selected markets including first goalscorer and correct score if the game contains three or more goals

The Euro U21 championships get underway on Wednesday, as England look to avenge their penalties defeat to Italy in last season's senior tournament in their opening tie in Israel.

The Three Lions are 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to win the trophy for the first time since 1984 and give fans hope for future World Cups. Unsurprisingly, it is Spain who are the 7/4 (2.75) favourites to retain their crown, after the senior squad made history winning consecutive World and European titles.

The U21 tournament has a habit of providing plenty of goal-mouth action and high-scoring affairs with four of the last five finals featuring three goals or more.

Paddy Power is refunding all losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast single bets if the game you’ve punted on has more than three goals.

There were 36 goals in the tournament in 2011, an average of 2.25 goals a game, and 38 the tournament before, so expect to see plenty of free-scoring attacking play.

That kind of football will suit flying winger Wilfried Zaha. The former Crystal Palace starlet was snapped up in January by Premier League champions Manchester United and he is 18/1 (19.0) to finish the tournament as top goalscorer with Paddy Power.

England’s opening game is against Italy who are 5/1 (6.0) shots to win the whole tournament. The Three Lions might be out for revenge in Tel Aviv, but with the Azzurri boasting the likes of Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne in their squad, they will pose a serious threat in these finals.

Meanwhile, Premier League stars David De Gea and Juan Mata were in the Spanish side that won the 2011 tournament, so there is plenty of title-winning talent to keep your eyes on with la Roja this year.

Not much beats a thrilling game of football with plenty of goals and Paddy Power will be keeping your wallet happy should these championships live up to their billing.

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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