Israel and Norway kick off the European Under 21 Championships on Wednesday as the two outsiders to qualify from group A look to steal a march on England and Italy.
Israel are the 7/5 (William Hill) favourites to win the match, the draw is 21/10 (Coral) and Norway are 9/4.
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It is no exaggeration to say the losing team in this match will not qualify for the semi-finals with games against England and Italy to come, so a good start is crucial for Israel and Norway here.
Israel will be boosted by home advantage but they have not played a competitive match for over two years and could be troubled by this. All their players play locally except for Omri Altman who is at Fulham.
Norway qualified for the European Under 21 Championships finals after a 5-3 second leg play-off win against France to give them a 5-4 win on aggregate. They emerged from their qualifying group in second place to England and boasted an impressive 3-1 away win against Belgium as well as restricting England to winning by just one goal in their two matches.
Norway’s greater experience could prove fatal for Israel on Wednesday and if it was not for the tournament being played in their country you can guarantee Norway would be favourites for this match.
The 9/4 about Norway to win with Coral is a great price looking at the two sides on paper and one you should snap up. Against the ‘lesser’ teams in qualifying Norway’s matches were always full of goals so also go with over 2.5 goals at 21/20 with William Hill.
Israel U21 v Norway U21 Betting Tips
Norway to win – 9/4 with Coral
Over 2.5 goals – 21/20 with William Hill
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