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FIFA Betting Odds – England vs Venezuela U20 World Cup Final Prediction

Venezuela(6-1-2) @ England(4-2-0)

  • Where: Suwon World Cup Stadium. Suwon, South Korea
  • When: June 11, 2017 6:00 am EST
  • Spread: Venezuela +1/2 (-150) vs England +1/2 (+115)
  • Moneyline: Venezuela (+260) vs England (+110) vs Draw (+195)
  • Over / Under: Over 2 (-105) vs Under 2 (-125)

The casual fan’s internal calendar marks tremendous gaps in international football. The Olympics and World Cup each happen five or six times per score, with maybe a few key friendlies or qualifiers in-between. Those are the only events that Tom, Dick and Harry see on the front headlines for any solid span of time.

Of course to enthusiasts, FIFA’s schedule always looks busy. Qualifying for Russia 2018 is currently in a crucial stage, and the 2017 Confederations Cup kicks off in St. Petersburg in about a week…with a ladies’ Tournament of Nations to follow.

But all the while, a show-stealing Under-20 World Cup final has bubbling to the surface. The English – mildly criticized for a lack of flashy break-out stars – have dazzled with an unbeaten record, a clean sheet kept against Argentina in pool play, and a brilliant late surge to overwhelm Italy in the semifinals. England’s opponent, Venezuela, has also brushed off powerful foes en route to the gold medal match, beating Germany 2-0 on May 20th.

Each side is unfamiliar in this first-time U20 final, leading odds-makers to trend in different directions. Bovada has set a generous (+260) money line for the South Americans, while trying to goad bettors into wagering on England (+ 1/2) ATS.

More than three young lions

If a world of scandal and political outrage, the English youth squads stand apart as a pukka feel-good FIFA story. The U18 roster is filled with prodigies like Marcus “Mini Messi” Edwards, but the relatively unheralded Upper School graduates have now reached England’s first World Cup final on any level in over 50 years.

Some punters seem almost perplexed that the U20 side was able to pass up-field so efficiently in their dramatic win over the Italians. But stardom and notoriety are based as much on circumstances as level of play – the English are talented, but so well-congealed as a unit that there’s no lone striker or mid-field sprinter for the opponent to key on.

Dominic Solanke is already a terrific club player and a dangerous weapon on a FIFA pitch, scoring a a brace to turn the tide against Italy. Jonjoe Kenny is taking acclaim for his tenacious passes, but its defenders like Chelsea back Jake Clarke-Salter who anchor the extremely deep side.

If the Young Lions do have an issue going-in, it’s the pressure of trying to break a decades-on-end gold-medal curse for all of England. That factor is something even excellent managers like Paul Simpson can’t control.

La Vinotinto – out of vinegar?

Against counter-attacking Uruguay, the Venezuelans fell behind and looked rattled for the first time in the tournament. The side, however, did find a way to equalize with a goal by 17 year-old Samuel Sosa, who found the net in the nick of time.

Sergio Cordova is a more established striker, and talented GK Wuilker Faríñez will keep the match from getting out of reach. But Venezuela is up against a different style of club this time, the speedy and forward-pressing Team England.

The South American teens willed their way past a hot GK in the semifinal, but it won’t get easier on Sunday with Freddy Woodman in goal for the Young Lions. Moreover, the English have an attack that won’t wait for Venezuela to misfire before attacking, as Uruguay did,  but will cut up the pitch straight away with beneficial numbers and ace teamwork.

Lastly, fatigue can creep in at strange times at the U20 level. Think of how swift and stubborn Monaco looked in Champions League play…until their teenage star, Mbappe, grew tired against Juventus in the semifinal. Venezuela was suddenly fatigued in their own FIFA semifinal this week, losing the plot somewhat in a frantic, labored early second 45 before settling back in.

Take the Young Lions…but avoid ATS

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Our verdict is that Venezuela can give England all the trouble they can handle, but that the favourites will prevail to receive long-awaited gold medals for the Queen.

Yes, the pressure of the moment could wear on them, but any mental lapses will be offset by the Venezuelans’ sloppy streak. The European side can play patient and wait for chances to come naturally in what will likely be a low-scoring match.

But don’t fall for the trap of betting ATS. Remember, if the score is level after 90 minutes any ML bet will be a push…which the casino is hoping to avoid. Pick the green-horned Englishmen straight up to win the match and restore hope to a generation of punters.

Kurt BoyerThis article was written by Kurt Boyer

A freelance sportswriter from Missouri, Kurt has covered court, gridiron, rink and ring for 10+ years. He muses about High School football on social media as The Gridiron Geek.

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