After the U20 World Cup and the U21 European Championships, the third junior tournament will be held this summer from Sunday onwards with the U19 European Championship. Host of the finals is Armenia for the first time. By July 27, eight nations will play in two groups with four teams for the title. The two group winners and runners-up qualify for the semi-finals. The final round opens on Sunday afternoon with the match between hosts Armenia and Spain.
Italy vs Portugal Football Betting Prediction
Last year, Portugal’s U19 selection at the finals in Finland won the final against Italy 4: 3 after extra time, making them the third time overall since 1994 and 1999 European U19 Championships. Once again, both nations are once again among the top favorites for the title. The defending champion goes ahead of the group match Italy vs.. Portugal according to the odds as easy favorite in the game. The betting base agrees with this opinion and sets in the U19 international match Italy vs Portugal their tip on “Victory Portugal”.
The U19 national team of Italy has so far once won the European Championship title. In 2003, the Azzurrini won 2-0 in the final against Portugal. In addition, Italy had already six times in the European Championship final (1986, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2016 and 2018) confessed, but in the end always had to settle for second place. In 1999 and 2018, the final opponents had been called Portugal.
In qualifying for the finals in 2019 Italy took first three wins against Estonia, Finland and Denmark. In the Group 7, the reigning European Vice-Champion then secured the ticket by a 2-2 draw against Belgium, a 3-1 win over Ukraine and a 2-0 win over Serbia. Until the last international match the U19 selection had been supervised by Federico Guidi.
“We are very enthusiastic and want to play a good tournament. We have a good and close-knit team that has already demonstrated its technical skills and character in the qualification. As always, we also want to play an important role in this final round. ” – Carmine Nunziata
Guidi had not extended its expiring in May 2019 contract, however, and had resigned from the office before the final round. As a successor Carmine Nunziata was named, who had already led the U17 selection 2018 and 2019 two consecutive times to runner-up European title. The new coach celebrates thus in the first group match against Portugal his debut as head coach. Not in the squad are Salvatore Esposito, Davide Bettella, Raoul Bellanova and Alessio Riccardi. The first three had already played the U20 World Cup for Italy and Riccardi is currently injured.
All 20 players in the squad earn their money in Italy, mainly in the youth teams of the Serie A clubs. The highest market value of two million euros has striker Eddie Salcedo, who moved in this transfer window from Genoa to Inter Milan. No international in the squad but can show more than three Serie A inserts.
Expected formation of Italy:
➤ Carnesecchi – Corrado, Udogie, Gozzi, Candela – Fagioli, Portanova, Gavioli – Raspadori, Salcedo, Merola
Last matches of Italy:
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Serbia U19 Vs. Italy U19 0: 2 (U19 European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Italy U19 vs. Ukraine U19 3: 1 (U19 European Championship qualification)
⚽️ 20.03.2019 – Italy U19 vs. Belgium U19 2: 2 (U19 European Championship qualification)
⚽️ 16.01.2019 – Italy U19 Vs. Spain U19 3: 0 (Test match)
⚽️ 16.11.2018 – Italy U19 vs. Hungary U19 2: 3 (Test match)
Portugal are the defending champion for the final round to Armenia. In 2018, the Portuguese had their third European title in the U19 area. In the last six European U19 Championships Portugal came five times in the top three. In addition to the 2018 title, there was the Vice European Championship in 2014 and 2017 and third place in 2013 and 2016. Only the European Championship 2015 had missed the Portuguese. The ticket for Armenia relieved Portugal in Group 6 with three clear wins without conceding: 3-0 against Cyprus, 3-0 against Turkey and 4-0 against Scotland.
In particular, the Portuguese remained the final of the European Championship 2018. In the final against Italy, the Iberians were 2-0 in the lead, before a certain Moise Kean, who today already in the first team of Juventus and in the senior team of Italy plays, with a double strike within a few seconds could compensate.
In extra time Portugal took the lead again and again took the draw. The 4: 3 in the 109th minute then provided for the decision. As in the last European Championship, the selection is still being coached by Filipe Ramos. Also in the Portuguese, most players in the squad earn their money in junior departments of the major Portuguese clubs.
Most well-known player is Goncalo Cardoso. The center-back of Boavista Porto has a market value of 2.5 million euros and graduated for his club last season 15 Erstligaspiele. In addition, Fabio Vieira was first equipped with a professional contract for the 2019/20 season at FC Porto. Striker Umaro Embalo is not in the squad due to injury. He will be replaced by Tiago Gouveia of Benfica.
Expected formation of Portugal:
➤ Meixedo – Tavares, Loureiro, Goncalo Cardoso, Tiago Lopes – Vitor Ferreira, Costa, Fabio Vieira, Joao Mario – Felix Correia – Gouveia
Last matches of Portugal:
⚽️ 12.06.2019 – Portugal U19 Vs. France U19 3: 0 (tournament of Toulon)
⚽️ 07.06.2019 – Portugal U19 Vs. Japan U19 1: 0 (Tournament of Toulon)
⚽️ 04.06.2019 – England U20 Vs. Portugal U19 2: 3 (Tournament of Toulon)
⚽️ 01.06.2019 – Portugal U19 Vs. Chile U22 0: 1 (Tournament of Toulon)
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Scotland U19 vs Portugal U19 0: 4 (U19 European Championship qualification)
Italy vs Portugal Direct Comparison
There have been a number of duels between the Under-19 national teams of Italy and Portugal. Alone in the final of the U19 European Championship, the two countries have met three times already. Here, the Portuguese lead the comparison with two final victories to a final defeat. At the last European Championship, Italy and Portugal also met in the group stage before the final. At that time the Azzurrini won 3: 2. The overall balance is completely balanced with four wins for each nation and three draws. In eight competitive games Italy could only win twice. The Under-19 teams from Italy and Portugal lost just one of their last nine internationals.
Italy vs Portugal Our Football Betting Prediction Explained
In Armenia, temperatures of over 35 degrees prevail. Both teams have to adapt to these conditions. The first goal for the Portuguese in the heavy group with Spain, Italy and the host is first of all to survive the group stage. But in Group A things are extremely close. Any loss of points could mean the end. The Italians contest on Sunday the first game under the new coach.
In addition, the U19 selection of the Azzurrini since the end of March has not denied an international match. In Portugal, on the other hand, the success coach from the previous year is still in control. The team is recorded. The offspring of the “Selecao das Quinas” participated in the Toulon tournament in June and ended up in a good fifth place out of 15 nations with three wins and a defeat at the end.
Key Facts – Italy vs Portugal tips
🔻 Both teams lost only one of their last nine internationals
🔻 Already three times Italy and Portugal contested the final of the U19 European Championship
🔻 Italy won twice in eight compulsory games against Portugal
Already at the start of the U19 European Championship 2019 two absolute top favorites meet each other for the European Championship title in the group. It is quite possible that both nations will meet again on 27 July for the European Championship final. The spectators expect a very close game at eye level. In our opinion, two trifles speak against the Italians: The duel against Portugal is the first game under the new coach Nunziata, who did not have time to test players and systems. In addition, the Portguies, who played a preparation tournament in June, played a much better game.
In the U19 sector, Portugal has been a real benchmark in recent years and has always come in the top three in the last U19 finals. As defending champion, the Iberians are once again the absolute top favorite this year. Thus, we set at the U19 European Championship match Italy vs Portugal our tip on “Victory Portugal”. Since the outcome of the game will be tight, we play the tip with only two units. We get the duel against Italy.
Betting Prediction: 2 (Portugal)