Spain U21-Netherlands U21 Betting Preview: Why we should see goals in the second half

With both sides tending to find the back of the net more regularly in the second 45 minutes, Phil Kitromilides is backing the second half to be the highest scoring at 21/20
As they were in the previous edition of the tournament, holders Spain have been solid if unspectacular in the group stages. Two years ago, La Rojita saved their best group game for last with a 3-0 with over Ukraine arguably their standout match on the way to claiming the title.

This time around they have churned out two 1-0 wins thanks to late goals from Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, but they will be hoping for a markedly more assured showing against the Netherlands.

The problem for Julen Lopetegui's side being that the Dutch are in fine attacking form having netted eight goals in their two games so far.
Entertaining it should be and BetVictor make Spain the favorites at 11/10 (2.10) with Holland available at 5/2 (3.50) and the same price quoted for the draw.

Given that the Dutch are the top scorers in the competition while Spain are the only side yet to concede, it would appear that something has got to give.

With their opponents managing only two shots on target in 180 minutes of football so far, it is clear that Spain are extremely well-oiled at the back.
Though Holland have been impressive in front of goal, they will have their work cut out to break down the Spanish defence, and as such investing in a low-scoring first half could appeal.

Under 1.5 goals in the first half is offered at 1/2 (1.50) but instead a more intelligent bet seems to be backing more goals in the second half at 21/20 (2.05). This bet has paid out in all four matches involving Spain or Holland so far in the competition, and looks to have an excellent chance of doing so again.
For a value bet trying back draw/Spain at 19/4 (5.75) which has also paid out in both of their games so far.

Most goals in the second half at 21/20 (2.05) with Bet Victor
Draw HT/Spain FT at 19/4 (5.75) with Bet Victor

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid