Euro 2017 U21 Championship qualifier: England, Switzerland duel
Holly Thackeray | November 15, 2015
England Under-21s v Switzerland Under-21s
- 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying
- Group 9
- Monday, November 16th
- Kick-off: 17:45pm
- Amex Stadium, Brighton and Hove, England
- Live on BT Sport 2
Young Lions continue Euro qualifying journey
It may seem just yesterday that England were competing in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic, but already Gareth Southgate’s guys are back in qualifying for the 2017 edition and next up face Switzerland.
As the Young Lions scuffle with the second spot Swiss, customers can back the fledglings at 3/4 with Coral to sink the Alpine outfit and continue their impressive start in Group 9, where they have already defeated Norway and Kazakhstan, and split the spoils with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As guests Switzerland are only currently behind England on goal difference, this game gives Southgate’s side the chance to speed ahead of their closest competitors and gain a stronger hold at the pool summit.
Should the Young Lions need a little inspiration at the Amex, they need look no further than recent Under-21 alumni Eric Dier and Jesse Lingard, who have both been called-up to the senior England squad, with fellow young-gun Dele Alli also having graduated of late.
Clean sheets as crucial as attacking intent
England have so far shut out their qualifying foes with aplomb, keeping three consecutive clean sheets, so look great value at 19/10 to win this meeting to nil.
Though, Southgate will be without suspended Southampton defender Jack Stephens, after the youngster saw red last time out. However, there are still plenty of familiar faces at England’s disposal, with Arsenal full back Callum Chambers plus impressive Everton pair Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway in the squad.
If anything, with their rearguard seemingly rock solid, England could do with upping the attacking ante. The Young Lions have only scored four in three so far, but do have some promisingly potent potential.
Another Saints star in James Ward-Prowse has already been on target from midfield, while Southgate can also select the likes of Arsenal-owned Chuba Akpom, Birmingham City trickster Demarai Gray and Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe.
Switzerland starlets to watch out for
As for visiting Switzerland, there are odds of 11/5 for what would be a respectable draw on the road, or a 10/3 chance of victory.
Young Boys hitman Haris Tabakovic and Grasshopper Zurich striker Shani Tarashaj are currently top scorers for the Swiss in qualifying, with two apiece, though only the former may feature here. However, Lille forward Michael Frey is another to watch out for.
Read much more on the England teams in our archive
Coral’s top tip: Unbeaten England are excellent value at 19/10 for a victory to nil