The European Championship Under 21 will open on Wednesday, at the hours of 19:00, with the game of Israel against Norway. This tournament will he held, as we all know, in Israel, Italy and England also being part of this group. These two teams have never met before, this being their first direct confrontation in this age category. Having many fans on their side, the Israelis have a chance of winning this match.
Israel has qualified in this tournament by playing many games at home and its last apparition in this tournament dates back in 2007, this being the only apparition they had. Lately, Israel has been playing a series of friendly games because it did not participate to the preliminary phases, like other teams did. The hosting team from this particular encounter has ended the previous year with four matches played, setting up a record, three victories and a rematch. Israel has won with the score of 4-1 against Belgium and 4-0 against Ukraine, in 2012. On the other hand, in 2013, Israel had to face many problems, in February they made a draw with Serbia and then they have suffered two losses in March against Holland and Germany, both ending with a score of 1-2. Recently, Israel has played a last friendly match against the representative of Slovakia that ended with the score of 1-0. Munas Dabbur, Orr Barouch and Edi Gotlib will be able to play for Israel, even though they have suffered injuries. After ending this tournament, the coach, Guy Luzon will leave for Standard Liege.
Norway has qualified for this tournament after placing itself in the 8th group on the second position, right after England, a team that it will soon meet again, in the A group. In the tie break for the qualifications, Norway brought a big surprise, changing the outcome of the match against France, 1-0 in the first game and then winning in the replays with an incredible sore of 5-3, this is by far the most spectacular duel from a tie break. In the qualifying group, Norway has won five matches, it replayed one and lost two. Norway has waited a long time before being able to play in this tournament, its last apparition dating back to 1998. In 2013, the team has played four matches but it only managed to win one, loosing the other three. Its only victory was that against Russia, 2-1 in a match played away. In the last two friendly matches, Norway has received nine goals, four from Holland and five from Spain. Alexander Groven has been recently injured and he was replaced by Markus Henriksen. Valon Berisha, Joshua King, Håvard Nordtveit and Henriksen have been called for the match against Albania on Friday in the older representative, thus leaving the little one with some problems, they being very important players.
Sport betting odds for Israel U21 vs Norway U21:
Final outcome: 2.30 3.25 3.10
Total number of goals (more/less 2.5): 2.08 1.73
From the team of Norway are missing many players and this will surely count for something. We are counting on the fact that Israel will receive the support from the fans and will want to start this tournament with a victory, it being in a powerful group, alongside with Italy and England.