Latvia U21 take on the visitors Italy U21 in UEFA Euro U21 qualification match. The match will be played on Friday, September 8th at Slokas Stadions (Jūrmala)
Latvian national team fans should take a screenshot of the current standings right now, as there's only one game played, and it's the Latvia vs. San Marino match, after which Latvians are temporarily sitting at the top of the table. However, this is likely to be short-lived because in the upcoming match, they are almost certain to face a significant defeat. The Latvian national team has struggled recently, especially against strong opponents, as demonstrated in the previous qualification campaign where they lost significantly to powerful teams: 0-4 and 1-3 to Germany and 0-5 to Poland. It's too early to draw conclusions from the current qualification campaign as Latvia have only faced San Marino so far, winning 2-0. It would be quite surprising if the hosts manage to avoid a substantial defeat against Italy.
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The Italians participated in the final stage of Euro 2023 this summer but performed poorly, failing to advance beyond the group stage. Now, the Italian youth team needs to rehabilitate themselves and start the new qualification campaign with confidence. Italy have a straightforward group with opponents such as Turkey, Norway, Ireland, Latvia, and San Marino. At the youth level, Norway have shown decent performances, but the rest of the teams in this group are relatively weak opponents for Italy. In this particular match, the odds heavily favor the Italian team, which is understandable, given the relatively weak Latvian youth squad. If this were a match between the senior national teams, even Latvia would have better chances for success than at the youth level. Naturally, the Italian youth squad will be eager to exploit defensive weaknesses in the Latvian team and engage in attacking play.
There are virtually no odds for an Italian victory. As for the total goals, one might consider the over bet for the Italian team. I believe that the hosts will have a hard time avoiding a substantial defeat, and defensive vulnerabilities will be fully exploited. Therefore, my suggested betting option is Over 3 goals for Italy. This type of bet is likely to yield at least a push if not a win.
Prediction for the match: Italy U21 to score over 3.0 goals.