The FIFA Under-20 World Cup has reached the semi-final stage in Argentina with both matches taking place at Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona, La Plata today.
Israel are the surprise packages of the tournament – ironic because the tournament was moved to Argentina after original hosts, Indonesia refused to host the Israelis.
After losing and drawing their opening games they qualified from the group with a 92nd minute winner against Japan. That set up a tie with Uzbekistan whom they beat 1-0 before shocking Brazil with a 3-2 extra-time win.
They now face Uruguay, who were top seeds going in to the tournament. They finished second, behind England, to whom they lost 3-2, before seeing off Gambia and the United States in the knock-out stages.
The Uruguayans have kept four clean sheets in their five matches and will be well supported across the border in La Plata. Bet365 rate Uruguay at 4/5 to win with Israel at 10/3.
Chelsea’s Cesare Casadei has been the star man of the tournament so far. The young midfielder who was signed for a reported €15m from Inter, has scored six goals in five games for Italy including a crucial 87th minute penalty against England in the Last 16.
The Azzuri face a South Korea side who knocked-out an impressive Nigeria side in the quarter finals. The Super Eagles had already knocked out hosts Argentina and beat Italy in the ‘Group of Death’ but couldn’t find a way past the Koreans despite 22 attempts at goal to four.
It’s unlikely South Korea will be able to perform a second smash’n’grab so the 4/6 on Italy looks worth backing.
Despite the tournament having a history of throwing up some surprise semi-finalists (Ecuador 2019, Venezuala, 2017 runners-up, Mali 2015, Iraq 2013, Costa Rice 2009) it’s usually those nations with a strong reputation that prevail. Backing both favourites to qualify today pays 4/5 at SBK and for them both to win their matches a healthy 19/10.
Both games can be streamed live on the FIFA website kicking off at 18:30 and 22:00.
- Uruguay & Italy to qualify 4/5 SBK
- Uruguay & Italy to win 19/10 Bet365
Upcoming Match Previews & Tips
It’s been a big week in golf off the course but The DPWT visits Sweden this week for the Scandinavian Mixed at Ullna Golf & Country Club, Stockholm and the Caddy has his top three picks for the weekend for us.
Tamarama was an 11/2 advised winner on Wednesday for Rizzel but did go off at 8/1 SP, he has one selection for Thursday’s racing coming at Leopardstown in the Listed race.
As always, let us know your best betting tips and predictions for today in the comments section below and good luck with all your bets!
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