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2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: News & Preview

Top odds and prediction for the second round of games in groups A and B of the 2023 UEFA European U21 tournament.

Published on 23 Jun 2023

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Welcome to the exciting UEFA U21 Europa world! We have already witnessed some of the best talents in the world put on a tremendous display, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats and teams keen to demonstrate their mettle. The stage has been set for a memorable duel of talent and passion thanks to the emerging stars of European football and the tactical skill of their managers. The 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship kicked off on the 21st of January as all countries in Group A and B played their opening games. As the likes of Ukraine, Spain, and Georgia stole the show on day one, we will look at the implications of the result of the games in their upcoming second round of matches.

Results of Group A and B opening games of the 2023 UEFA U21 Championship

Group A

  • Georgia Vs Portugal: 2-0

Georgia defeated Portugal 2-0 to get the UEFA European Under-21 Championship off to a good start. Giorgi Gagua, a forward for Georgia, scored the game’s first goal by seizing on a loose ball inside the penalty area. Saba Sazonov added a second goal with a header just one minute into the second half to give Georgia a 2-0 victory.

  • Belgium Vs Netherlands: 0-0

The match ended in a draw despite both teams looking to break the deadlock, all to no avail. Both teams put up incredible defensive displays throughout the game, as it was quite an even match. They both shared a point in this matchup.

Group B

  • Ukraine Vs Croatia: 2-0

Croatia continuously posed a danger, but Ukraine got the game going quickly and effectively. Ukraine’s Olexiy Kashchuk opened the scoring. A few minutes into the second half, Ukraine’s Danylo Sikan headed in the game’s second goal as Ukraine defended their two-goal lead till the end of the game.

  • Romania Vs Spain: 0-3

Spain is without their star talents in this tournament, but regardless, the result of their opening game might be a sign that they have assembled a relatively balanced team. Spain scored all three goals in the second half via Álex Baena, Juan Miranda, and Sergio Gómez to give one-half of the host country a humiliating start to the tournament. Romania now sits at the bottom of group A table as things stand.

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Preview of Group A and B upcoming matches

Georgia Vs Belgium

This is a key game for Belgium. Alongside the Netherlands, they only have one point in the tournament and will be looking to claim maximum points against the host country Georgia. The Georgians have the advantage of the home supporters cheering them all through the game on the other hand, and alongside their impressive display in the first game, they are tipped to win against Belgium.

Portugal Vs Netherlands

Portugal has a huge task to gain their first point in the tournament. The Netherlands is a solid defensive team, and they don’t have a chance against the Dutch because of how Portugal was held goalless by Georgia. This game will, however, be a close one as both teams seek important points. The Netherlands is tipped to prevail.

Romania Vs Ukraine

Ukraine started this tournament well with a comfortable 2-0 win over Croatia on the opening day. Now they face the second half of the host country in Romania in their second game. Romania was trashed 3-0 by Spain to kick off their campaign and are now looking to overcome a three-goal differential as they sit at the bottom of group B. Ukraine, yet to field their most talented player in Chelsea’s Mykailo Mudryk, is tipped to ease past Romania.

Spain Vs Croatia

Spain handed Romania a 3-0 defeat in their opening game, and they look lethal in this tournament despite not calling up their best talent. On the other hand, Croatia could not match up with Ukraine in their opening game and are now looking for their first point in the competition. Spain is back to defeat Croatia in their second group game.

Top odds and predictions of Group A and B upcoming matches

Here are the best top odds for the predictions offered by FBR x MostBet for the second games in groups A and B of the UEFA Euro u21 2023.

  • Georgia Vs Belgium

Pick: Belgium to win

Odd: 1.60

  • Portugal Vs Netherlands

Pick: Netherlands to win

Odd: 2.60

  • Romania Vs Ukraine

Pick: Ukraine to win

Odd: 1.95

  • Spain Vs Croatia

Pick: Spain to win

Odd: 1.45

The UEFA European U-21 tournament is such a short-spanned competition, and teams that do not take their chances earlier will see themselves out of the competition in a twinkle of an eye. Generally, we are backing teams that have started strongly to keep their form as the competition progresses. Follow FBR for more UEFA U21 tournament news, preview, predictions, and top odds.

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