Italy U21 ensures quarterfinals spot

Italy U21 ensures quarterfinals spot

Italy U21 is looking to ensure their sports in the quarterfinals with a win against Norway U21, who is already eliminated in the campaign. Considering that Italy were able to win in their campaign, a win here could help them progress. As for Norway, they have yet to win a single game, which made them be eliminated early here. This meeting will just be the fifth meeting between these two teams, as both teams earning one wins each. Italy and Norway last saw each other during the friendlies in 2018, that ended in a 1-1 draw for them. The fifth meeting between Italy and Norway will be on June 29, 2023, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8).

Italy U21

Euro U21: Italy
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Italy is currently at the second spot of their group standing, and a win here would put them at the top. They did not start their campaign strong, as they suffered a a 2-1 defeat against France on their first game. Fortunately, they were able to bounce back on their second game, winning against Switzerland in a 3-2 score line. On their match against Switzerland, there are three different players who scored those three goals for Italy. Moreover, with three points across their names, Italy is needing all the three points they can earn here. However, if they could draw this match, it will be enough to suffice them. Additionally, Italy have a good momentum coming into this match, as they won in three of their last four games. With that, Italy is hoping to win here, for an easier path to the quarterfinals.

It is expected that Italy would retain Raoul Bellanova as their wing-back on the right, while Destiny Udogie will be manning the left. Fortunately, no injury concerns for Italy that might affect their result here, working for their advantage.

Norway U21

Euro U21: Norway

Norway on the other hand is at the bottom of the group standings, as they have yet to win a single game in the contest. This squad struggled during their campaign in the group stage, which puts them on the verge of an early exit. Furthermore, during their group opener, they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Switzerland, losing their momentum. After that loss, they suffered a 1-0 loss against France, which puts them at the bottom of their standings. Now with zero points, they still have a chance to advance in the knockout stage. However, their road is more challenging than other teams, considering their results. To be able to advance to the knockout stage, Norway needs to win more than two goals, and France beating Switzerland. This squad are without a win in their last six matches across all contests, a record they want to stop. A loss here would kick them out of the contest.

With the way Kristoffer Klaesson played on their match against France, it is expected that he would retain his spot here. He joins Botheim, Nusa, and Bobb in leading Norway to victory.


Italy U21 (3.0)
Odds: -0.87

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