England U21-Italy U21 Betting Preview: Expect goals on the first day of the tournament

The championships kick off in Israel on Wednesay with the Three Lions handed a tantalising clash with the Azzurri, and Hugh Wilson is backing goals and has a 12/5 value bet
After finishing top of their group and beating Serbia in an eventful playoff tie, England Under 21s qualified for the European Championships looking to lift the trophy for the first time since 1984.

Stuart Pearce’s men have a tough start in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, with Italy their opponents. Devis Mangia led his side through the group stages with six wins out of eight matches, as well as beating Sweden in the playoffs to erase the memory of 2011 where the Azzurrini failed to qualify for the championships.

England come into this match in fantastic form. Pearce's men have won their last five matches, without conceding any goals. 

They topped their qualifying group, recording seven wins out of their eight matches and come into this tournament with huge confidence. However, Bet365 price them as underdogs at 11/5 (3.20) to win the match.

Italy come into this tournament with a huge amount of pressure on their shoulders. Mangia’s men have not won a championship in nearly a decade, having won the trophy on five occasions between 1992 and 2004.

They come into this match as favourites with Bet365, with the firm pricing them at 13/10 (2.30) to win their opening match. With these two sides expected to qualify for the next round, you can expect the winner of this match to top the group, although Bet365 price a draw on Wednesday at 11/5 (3.20).

It is a tough game to call with both sides in good form, but a bet that does stand out is both teams to score at a long 4/5 (1.80).

Despite not conceding in their last five matches, England come up against an Italy side who have averaged scoring just over three goals per game in their last 10 matches. Add to this that England have scored in their last 11 matches, this bet is tough to ignore.

For those looking for more value, it’s worth looking at the goalscorer market. The Azzurrini star man in the qualifying campaign has been Genoa striker Ciro Immobile who has netted four times in his last five U21 matches. Bet365 are offering odds of 15/2 (8.50) that he breaks the deadlock, but the odds of 12/5 (3.40) for him to net anytime are too good to miss.

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Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365
Ciro Immobile to score anytime at 12/5 (3.40) with bet365

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