Netherlands U21-Russia U21 Betting Preview: Oranje within touching distance of semi-final spot

After seeing off Germany in their opening game, our tipster expects Cor Pot's men to help book their place in the last four with victory on Sunday
After beating Germany in their opening fixture, the Netherlands can take a giant step towards sealing their place in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship when they face Russia on Sunday.

With Spain facing the Mannschaft later on in the evening, Cor Pot’s side can put themselves in the driving seat with three points in this game and are favourites at 4/5 (1.80) with Coral to come out on top.

Having suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain in the first game, Russia need a win in order to keep any hopes of progression alive, but are outsiders at 13/5 (3.60) to emerge victorious.

A draw would probably not really suit either party, but you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on the opponents cancelling each other out in Jerusalem.

The Dutch victory in the first match is their sixth successive win in competitive fixtures, with 21 goals scored and just three conceded.

Spirits are bound to be high in the Oranje camp after such an impressive run, and they will be determined to give themselves the best chance of qualification to the next round possible before facing the daunting prospect of a match against the Spanish holders in the final group game.

Meanwhile, Nikolai Pisarev’s men were always up against it after drawing such a difficult group in Israel, particularly as they reached the tournament with the worst record of any other qualifiers.

Realistically, the Netherlands look likely to all but wrap up a place in the semi-finals with all three points at the Teddi Malcha Stadium, and odds of 4/5 (1.80) are well worth backing on that coming to pass.

Top-scorer Georginio Wijnaldum grabbed his fourth goal in five competitive games for the national side in the win over Germany and he will inevitably look to take centre stage against Russia.

The PSV forward is a constant menace to opposition defences, and offers tempting value at 6/4 (2.50) to continue his fine form in front of goal in this game.

Netherlands to win at 4/5 (1.80) with Coral
Georginio Wijnaldum to score anytime at 6/4 (2.50) with Coral

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