Norway U21 - Italy U21 Betting Preview: Expect early goals with the Azzurri coasting into the final stages

The top two in Group A meet in Tel-Aviv with qualification still in the balance for Norway, with our tipster backing a fiery start with a 9/4 value bet
Norway take on Italy in their final group match of the European Under 21s Championship.

Both sides were handed a tough draw, with host nation Israel and England in their group, but after two matches Italy have already secured their passage to the final stages, but Tor Ole Skullerud’s men need at least a point to progress to the next round.

Italy come into this match with a perfect record so far. A hard fought win over England in their opening group match sent them on their way, before disposing of Israel 4-0 at the weekend.

Devis Mangia’s men are on a fantastic run of form, winning their last four on the spin and come into this match as favourites with William Hill pricing them at 21/20 (2.05) to win the match.

Despite a solid tournament so far, Norway’s place in the final stages isn’t confirmed just yet. If they lose and Israel beat England with a massive goal swing, then Skullerud’s men will exit the tournament.

Norway had not qualified for a tournament since 1998, when they finished third overall. They come into this match with two wins from their last five and are outsiders at 11/4 (3.75) with William Hill. The same firm prices the draw at 11/5 (3.20).

Although victory isn’t required for Mangia’s men, you can be sure that they will field their strongest possible team to make sure they qualify top of the group.

The price of 21/20 (2.05) seems very generous and is certainly worth taking advantage of considering the form they are in.

For those looking for more value, looking at the first-half goal market provides an excellent price. Both sides have been involved in high scoring matches in the tournament, with early goals always present in their games.

Over 1.5 first-half goals at 9/4 (3.25) seems like a great price with William Hill. Had you backed this in Norway’s two matches so far in the tournament, then the bet would have paid out, as well as landing in Italy’s last match against Israel.

Italy to win at 21/20 (2.05) with William Hill
Over 1.5 goals in the first half at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill

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