Germany U21 vs Spain U21 Prediction, Preview, Lineups and Betting Tips
Germany and Spain are both nations to meet at the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final in Poland when on Friday night, 30 June, “Stadion Cracovia” will stage the closing battle. After beating Italy in the semi-finals, Spain will join them at the top of the all-time winners’ chart if they win in Krakow, but Stefan Kuntz ‘s side has other aspirations and Germany aims towards winning another trophy after one from 2009.
H2H History: Germany U21 vs Spain U21
Not a surprise, two of the most successful European football nations share a common history at the U21 Championships. The 2017 final will be their first competitive encounter after a group stage fixture from 9 June 2013 when Spain won 1:0 in Netanya as Alvaro Morata’s goal actually eliminated Germany from the tournament. Later on Spain lifted the trophy in Israel, beating Italy 4:2 in the final with players like David de Gea, Marc Bartra, Dani Carvajal, Alberto Moreno, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Isco, Morata in the squad.
The above-mentioned win was one of all four victories of Spain U21 vs Germany U21, while Germans have just one out of six fixtures. The only draw came in opening round of the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Sweden, when the game has ended without any goals and later on Horst Hrubesch’s Germany won its first U21 European trophy. That happened with players like Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Höwedes, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Gonzalo Castro and Sandro Wagner in contention.
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final: Germany vs Spain
“La Rojita” is flawless so far as the Spaniards were convincing winners in any of previous four games. This includes three wins in Group B – 5:0 vs FYR Macedonia, 3:1 vs Portugal and 1:0 vs Serbia, while a hat-trick scored by Saul Níguez was crucial for the 3:1 semi-final victory over Italy.
On other hand Germany qualified for the semi-finals as the best placed runner-up, finishing second in Group C. Actually the Germans were leaders before losing 0:1 by Italy in last group stage round, which was the reason why Stefan Kuntz’s men had to rely on their previous results – 3:0 vs Denmark and 2:0 vs the Czech Republic.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Spain looks extremely solid with players like Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jesus Vallejo, Jonny, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Marcos Llorente, Saúl Níguez and Gerard Deulofeu all leading the squad to another glorious event. Fact that players like Jose Gaya, Denis Suarez, Mikel Merino, Mikel Oyarzabal and Iñaki Williams are sitting on the bench in most occasions is convincing enough. We will hardly find a squad with so many talents who are already established first-team players in Europe’s leading leagues.
Spain’s coaching tandem Albert Celades-Santi have all players available and will most likely start with same starting formation.
Stefan Kuntz is pleased by his youngsters who showed strong character and knocked out England on penalty-shootouts. Moreover, Germany found themselves in a losing position, although Davie Selke opened the score, but exactly Selke’s replacement Felix Platte restored the draw.
The semi-final round was missed by both representatives of Hertha BSC – central defender Niklas Stark and winger Mitchell Weiser. And if Weiser should be ready to feature from the outset on Friday, Stark is expected to miss out so Gideon Jung will start as a CB partner of Marc-Oliver Kempf once more. Otherwise Stark and Kempf would form the centre-back duo, while Weiser will replace Maximilian Philipp on the right flank.
Germany U21 vs Spain U21 Betting Tips and Prediction
We have two strong squads facing against each other but we sincerely believe that Spain is the more accomplished selection right now. Thus we’d like to recommend betting on Spain U21 who are not only our favourites, but of the bookies as well, to lift the European U21 trophy in Poland. It can happen after 90 minutes so our betting prediction goes Spain U21 to win over Germany U21 in regular time – 1X2 Betting.
Venue: “Stadion Cracovia”, Krakow.
Referee: Benoît Bastien from France.
Possible Lineups of Germany U21 and Spain U21
Germany U21: Julian Pollersbeck – Jeremy Toljan, Gideon Jung, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Yannick Gerhardt – Maximilian Arnold, Mahmoud Dahoud – Mitchell Weiser, Max Meyer, Serge Gnabry – Davie Selke. (4-2-3-1)
Spain U21: Kepa Arrizabalaga – Hector Bellerin, Jorge Mere, Jesus Vallejo, Jonny Castro – Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos, Saul Niguez – Gerard Deulofeu, Sandro Ramirez, Marco Asensio. (4-3-3)