Portugal U-21 v Serbia U-21 Betting: Clean sheet beckons in Selecao win

Portugal are one of the favorites to be crowned European champions and we are backing them to get their campaign off to a winning start

The beaten finalists from the 2015 edition of this competition begin their campaign against one of the tournament's outsiders in Serbia, and Portugal will be confident of picking up three points.

Since losing to Sweden in the final on penalties two years ago, Portugal are unbeaten, having recorded 11 wins and three draws in their last 14 matches. The Portuguese lineup from the final two years ago included the likes of William Carvalho, Rafael Guerreiro, Joao Mario and Bernardo Silva - all who have gone on to become first-team regulars in some of Europe's biggest teams.

This squad also boasts plenty of talent with the likes of Renato Sanches and Joao Cancelo both involved, players who boast full international experience, as well as highly regarded youngsters Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Goncalo Guedes and Bruma.  

Ruben Semedo Portugal Under-21

Serbia, for their part, did not make it out of the group stages in the last edition of the tournament claiming just a point from their three games and the Balkan nation are clear outsiders on Saturday.

Indeed, the Serbs have not won a game in either of their last two appearances in this competition, with their last victory coming back in 2007 when they reached the final, and Paddy Power price them at 11/4 (3.75) to end that winless run.

GFX Portugal Serbia Under-21 betting

Portugal, for their part, are offered at 4/5 (1.80) with the draw available at 12/5 (3.40) although in truth there will be plenty of interest in backing a Portuguese win. The runners-up from 2015 have not lost a match in 90 minutes for two and half years, and defensively they look solid.

In the 14 matches since losing the final against Sweden, Portugal have conceded just eight goals and there could be a strong argument made for backing Rui Jorge's side to win to nil at 9/4 (3.25).

Seven of Portugal's last ten victories have ben achieved without conceding a goal, while Serbia have failed to score in two of their last four games. Backing a win for Portugal makes sense, while bolder punters could be handsomely rewarded by investing in a victory and a clean sheet for the Portuguese. 

Portugal to win to nil at 9/4 (3.25) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power

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