Germany U21-Russia U21 Betting Preview: Expect Holtby to lead his side to a victory

Rainer Adrion's side will consider themselves unfortunate to be leaving Israel early, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to restore some pride with a win in Netanya
Having both already been knocked out of the European Under-21 Championship, Germany and Russia will merely be hoping to salvage some pride when they come face-to-face in their final group game on Wednesday.

Rainer Adrion’s men succumbed to late goals in defeats against the Netherlands and Spain, but are favourites at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill to go out on a high with victory in Netanya.

The Sbornaya suffered a similar fate in their game against the Spanish, but a red card saw them crushed 5-1 against the Dutch, and they are unfancied at 5/2 (3.50) to bounce back with a win in their final match.

Alternatively, you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on the sides sharing the spoils and both returning home without a win.

When the draw pitted four of the tournament’s best teams together in Group B, it was inevitable that there would be at least one high profile casualty in the opening round, but few expected it to be Germany.

Die Mannschaft came into the tournament with one of the most impressive records in qualification, winning nine and losing just one of their 10 group games with a goal difference of plus 30.

The last-minute defeat in the big opening game against the Netherlands proved the root of their downfall, putting them on the back foot from the beginning.

With the pressure now off, Adrion’s men will desperate to demonstrate what a good team they really are, and should more than justify the 4/5 (1.80) odds on them overcoming a Russian team who must still be reeling after their heavy defeat.

Captain Lewis Holtby thought he had salvaged a point before the late Dutch goal in his side’s opener, bagging his 14th goal in 22 games at this level, and his fifth in the last eight.

The Spurs man is a talismanic figure for his country’s junior team, and is well worth backing at 2/1 (3.00) to hit the back of the net on Wednesday, while the special price of 9/2 (5.50) on him getting on the score-sheet in a German win is also worth considering.

Germany to win at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill
Lewis Holtby to score and Germany to win at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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