ALL eyes will be on Denmark this summer when the best eight under-21 international football teams the continent has to offer meet for the finals of the European championship.
Spain, England, the Czech Republic, hosts Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Ukraine meet on the fields of Jutland at Aarhis, Aalborg, Herning and Viborg before the final is held at Aarhus on June 25.
The format is simple. Two groups of four, each playing three fixtures; the subsequent results will eventually mean that the two teams topping the standings progress through to the semi-finals. Patriotism aside, it is perhaps significant to note Germany, who won the tournament in 2009, have not qualified for the 2011 version, but ominously for the rest, Spain have. If the world and European champions can continue their rich vein of player production, then they will start as tournament favourites. Already, a multitude of tips back then to continue their domination of the international game.
England were beaten in the final in 2009 and will, as usual, be favoured in football betting markets for a strong showing in 2011 because of their recent history in the tournament.
But despite the odds, most punters’ UEFA European under-21 betting should not be restricted to the traditional powers and under-achievers of the game. The fact countries as diverse as Iceland and Switzerland have reached the top of their qualification standings and made the final stages means the schedule is fraught with danger for any team.
Online bookmakers will be quick to make their move and, with no other summer football to distract, will have a wide selection of free bets lined up for UK-based internet bettors missing their usual ration of football betting; these same folk will be drawn towards online Uefa u21 championship betting.
Matches begin in the middle of June, dates which give players time to recover from the rigours of a domestic campaign and means there is plenty of time to make predictions. Live UEFA U21 Championship betting will be all the rage in the summer, as each of the fixtures will be broadcast, a feature which adds significant incentive to consider in-play betting tips
As one sports writer noted, while not quite waving his flag: "There's no European championships or World Cup to leave England fans crying into their beer - be thankful for small mercies - but UEFA European Under-21 betting offers the chance to consider and bet on tournament results. One of the highlights will be who emerges as players to watch in the years ahead.
"There's huge scope for an array of UEFA U21 bets. There’s odds on match results, for example, which teams will top the standings, who will be the leading scorer. Each is easily accessible via online UEFA U21 Championship betting markets.
"Punters should look to use a free bet from an online bookmaker when placing their early UEFA U21 bets, particularly if they’re unsure about the runners and riders. We can all be excused a patriotic punt on England for our UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship betting sins, but I will looking at Spain very closely for my UEFA U21 bet.
"Live UEFA U21 Championship betting will also be worth taking a closer look at. In play betting, especially given the explosion in mobile betting, promises to be huge. The predictor ready to act quickly as the matches unfold can score big with their UEFA European Under-21 Championship betting picks.
"All in all, the competition offers a great opportunity to enjoy quality summer football, and if your UEFA European Under-21 betting tips happen to come in? Total bonus.”