In this post, tips and preview of Italy-Sweden, the first match of group B of the European Under 21 Championship 2015 hosted by Czech Republic.
ITALY - SWEDEN
Group B is very tough since all teams are very competitive.
Italy seems to be a bit favourite vs Sweden.
Italian team has a good defense composed by Rugani(who just signed for Juventus) and Romagnoli(Sampdoria), who both have played a great season.
The right lateral back, Zappacosta has scored 3 goals in his first season in Serie A and has served a lot of assists.
In the midfield there is a good mix of technique and aggressiveness: Baselli is very skilled, Sturaro has made a good impression playing a lot of matches with Juventus (also the Champions League semifinal vs Real Madrid).
The forwarders are Belotti(Palermo) who has played a lot of matches starting from the bench but has scored a lot and Berardi has already scored 34 goals in 2 seasons (20 years old).
Sweden is not a weak team and actually is the team which has more players who have already made a debut with the major team (12).
The forwarders are really strong, Guidetti above the others, but also Hrgota, Thelin and Ishak are promising. The goalie Carlgren is very relieable as much as the defender Baffo and the midfielder Hiljemark.
Sweden deserves respect since it has eliminated France (previously they were the Under 20 world champions) in the playoff stage.
In our opinion Italy is favourite and italian win has good odds (1.90) at PaddyPower which is currently offering a €50 Free Bet. Click here to find out more.
ITALY: Bardi, Biraghi, Romagnoli, Rugani, Zappacosta, Baselli, Sturaro, Viviani, Belotti, Battocchio, Berardi.
SWEDEN: Carlgren, Konate, Baffo, Milosevic, Augustinsson, Hiljemark, Lewicki, Khalili, Olsson, Thelin, Guidetti.
ITALY TO WIN (1.90, PaddyPower)
OVER 1.5 (1.25, PaddyPower)