In the upcoming U-21 European Championships, the stage is set for a pair of riveting contests as the youth squads of Germany, Norway, Israel, and Switzerland clash on June 22, 2023. With the teams teeming with young talent and a hunger for victory, football fans are in for some captivating action.
In the first encounter, Germany U21 will be looking to continue their domination over Israel U21. The Germans have had the upper hand in the past, winning five out of their eight previous encounters, and drawing the remaining three. Further stacking the odds in Germany’s favour is the fact they triumphed in both group qualifying matches against Israel, with an aggregate score of 4-2.
Israel’s performance, in contrast, has been underwhelming of late. Their recent matches have generated fewer than three goals, and they have failed to secure a victory in their last four outings. Yet, they shouldn’t be underestimated, as this is their third participation in the U-21 Euros.
However, the Germans, as the reigning champions after their 1-0 victory over Portugal in 2021, will be confident and look to build on their impressive form, particularly with starlet Youssoufa Moukoko leading the line.
Meanwhile, Norway U21 and Switzerland U21 will be looking to seize the day in a fixture that promises to be highly competitive. Historically, Norway holds a narrow advantage with three victories out of six, but their recent form raises some concerns, having won only once in their last seven matches.
Switzerland, despite losing the most recent friendly 3-2 to Norway, will be a tough nut to crack. Their matches have consistently been high-scoring affairs, with each of their last five games producing three goals or more. Norway’s Erik Botheim will be a player to watch, who is expected to cause problems for the Swiss defence.
Given the historical context and current form, predictions are leaning towards Germany and Norway. Still, in football, especially at this youth level, the capacity for surprises is immense, and the excitement is guaranteed.