England U21 quest for glory

England U21 quest for glory

England U21 goes against Spain U21 for the finals of the 2023 Euro Under-21, where England is hoping to finally land a title again. England last lifted the trophy in the contest in 1984, almost four decades ago. This gives them the eagerness to go all-out in the contest, considering, to have a better chance for the title. Spain on the other hand is looking to regain their glory in their glory in the contest, after failing to do so in 2021. During the 2021 edition, Spain exited in the semi-finals, failing to defend the title they earned during the 2019 edition. However, despite failing to defend their titles, they remained to be the most successful team in Euro Under-21. They won five times, runners-up for three editions, and earned two third-place finish. This meeting will be on July 9, 2023, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

England U21

Euro U21: England
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England have been dominating ever since the start of the campaign, not even having a single defeat in the contest. This run includes their 3-1 win against Israel in the semi-finals, that earned them qualification in this finals series. It has been 39 years since England tasted victory in the contest, and having this momentum is an advantage for them. During their semis match against Israel, it was Morgan Gibbs-White, Cole Palmer, and Cameron Archer who made the win possible for England. Their manager, Carsley, have nothing but praise for his squad. They are the first team to enter the finals of the contest for England since the 2009 edition. Moreover, for the next six editions after that, they only progressed beyond the group stage. That record made this edition more special for the England squad.

England faced a major blow before their semi-finals meeting against Israel, losing Jacob Ramsey to an ankle problem. Fortunately though, there are no added injuries for England after him, which is just in-time for this match. Moreover, they are also boosted by the returns of Max Aarons, and Ben Johnson, who both served suspension.

Spain U21

Euro U21: Spain
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Spain on the other hand dominates their semis series against Ukraine, ending their series in a 5-1 win. For Spain, it was Abel Ruiz, Oihan Sancet, Antonio Blanco, Aimar Oroz, and Sergio Gomez who gave them the victory. Moreover, unlike England who takes advantage from their defense, Spain is a team who takes advantage from their attacks. Spain’s campaign in the contest did not go as smooth as England’s, as they were held into a draw by Ukraine in the group. Nonetheless, they are also a team unbeaten in their campaign, which earns them a qualification here. Moreover, Spain’s number one goal here is to finally reclaim the title in the contest, as they failed to protect it in 2021. Being the most successful team in the contest, Spain surely have the experience they can use here. Their qualification in the finals is already their ninth qualification in their history.

There are no changes made for Spain’s lineup, considering their dominating win against Ukraine on their last match. That squad is undeniably their strongest squad available, with the leadership of Abel Ruiz. He has been leading their line, which works well for the Spanish squad.

Prediction:

England U21 to win on penalties
Odds: -0.98

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