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Betting: Spain capable of beating Portugal to Euro Under-21 Group B victory

2:15 PM IST 14/06/17
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Our tipster thinks that Albert Celades' men can flex their muscles by taking top spot in Group B, despite a less than convincing qualifying campaign

Despite needing to come through a nerve shredding play-off against Austria to secure their place in the competition, Spain are widely expected to perform well at this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Poland.

Spain were forced to settle for second spot in Group 6 behind defending champions, Sweden, before eliminating Austria on away goals to guarantee their place in Poland.

Nevertheless, Spain are chalked up as 3/1 (4.0) favourites with Paddy Power to go all the way in this tournament, while Albert Celades' men are a 10/11 (1.91) chance to take top spot in Group B.

The Spanish side certainly possess plenty of punch in the final third of the pitch. Celades' charges scored 31 goals in qualifying - more than any other side in second spot. Should Spain continue that kind of form, they will be serious contenders to take the silverware and they may offer decent value at 10/11 (1.91) to underline their Championship credentials by topping Group B.

Portugal are expected to provide the main opposition to Spain at the group stage. The senior side, of course, were crowned as European champions last summer and Rui Jorge's side would dearly love to follow in their footsteps.

The Portuguese were runners-up in this competition two years ago and they can be backed at 7/1 (8.0) to go one better this time around. The same firm go 7/4 (2.75) that Portugal pip Spain to the Group B summit.

Portugal's campaign kicks off against Serbia on Saturday evening and Nenad Lalatovic's men will be determined to make an impact in Poland after falling at the group stage last time around.

With only one side from each group assured of a place in the semi-final stage, it is certainly a tough task for Lalatovic's team - and the enormity of the challenge facing Serbia is reflected by the 22/1 (23.0) quote for them to win the tournament - indeed, the odds compilers offer 11/2 (6.50) that the Serbs secure top spot in Group B.

Macedonia will be determined to do more than make up the numbers in this section, but they face an uphill struggle to make much of an impression in a tough group. Macedonia repeatedly defied their doubters in qualifying for this tournament, but the 12/1 (13.0) quote on offer for Blagoja Milevski's side to win the group suggests that this competition may prove to be a step too far.

Perceived wisdom of Macedonia's prospects would alter considerably should they shock Spain on Saturday, but given the quality in Celades' squad - with Marco Asensio, who scored for Real Madrid in last month's Champions League final, amongst the ranks - the Spanish are expected to make a bold bid for glory and they look good value at 10/11 (1.91) to top Group B.

Spain to win Group B at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power