In this post, tips and previews of Portugal-Germany and Denmark-Sweden, the semifinals of the European Under 21 Championship 2015 hosted in Czech Republic.
PORTUGAL - GERMANY
Portugal and Germany are probably the best teams left in this competition and the sensation is one of them will be the champion.
Both teams have a lot of skilled players starting with goalkeepers: Ter Stegen has won the Champions League with Barça while Sa has been the best goalie of the competition till now.
Portugal's defense has showed a great organization. Probably german players are more famous, but looking at stats we see that Portugal has only conceded 1 goal in this competition.
One of the reasons of the good portuguese defense is in the midfield that creates good manouvers and keeps a great tactical organization (Portugal has a very high completed passes average: 86%).
It is going to be a very balanced match since both teams haven't lost for the last 14 official matches played.
Bookmakers say Germany is a bit favourite but in our opinion Portugal has something more in this period and Portugal double chance has really good odds (1.60).
PORTUGAL: Sá; Esgaio, Raphael, Paulo Oliveira, Tiago Ilori; William, Sérgio Oliveira, João Mário, Bernardo Silva; Cavaleiro, Ricardo.
GERMANY: Ter Stegen; Korb, Ginter, Heintz, Günter; Kimmich, Can; Younes, Meyer, Schulz; Volland.
PORTUGAL DOUBLE CHANCE (1.60, PaddyPower)
UNDER 2.5 (1.70, PaddyPower)
DENMARK - SWEDEN
Sweden is here only because of luck.
After the 2-1 win in the first match vs Italy, they lost the 2nd match vs England and drawn the 3rd vs Portugal 1-1 ( this match looks like a "biscuit" in our opinion).
Sweden has scored 3 goals in this competition, but had less corner kicks and shoot attempts than any other team in this championship.
Denmark has won 2 group stage matches. Their gamestyle is really offensive and they have ended their qualification games for the final stage of this competition with the best attack.
The main lack of Denmark is the defense but considering that Sweden hasn't been so dangerous when attacking in the 3 group stage matches we expect to see Denmark to win.
DENMARK: Jensen, Durmisi, Vestergaard, Christensen, Scholz, Thomsen, Jonsson, Fischer, Höjbjerg, Jensen, Poulsen.
SWEDEN: Carlgren, Augustinsson, Helander, Milosevic, Nilsson-Lindelöf, Khalili, Lewicki, Hiljemark, Tibbling, Guidetti, Thelin.
DENMARK TO WIN (2.20, PaddyPower)
OVER 1.5 (1.30, PaddyPower)