2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Semifinals Odds & Prediction.

2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Semifinals Odds & Prediction

Written by on June 10, 2019

For the past few weeks, the next generation of soccer stars has been on display at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. The field of 24 has been whittled down to the final four teams for Tuesday’s semi-finals. Let’s take a closer look at each matchup and the latest Soccer Odds.

2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Semifinals Odds & Prediction

Italy vs Ukraine

In the first semi-final, Italy is a slight favorite with a money line of +148 compared to Ukraine at +206. The Italians have been at their best nearly all tournament, winning four of their five games while only conceding three goals. Along the way, they’ve scored victories over fellow semi-finalist Ecuador and host Poland. Of course, Ukraine can also claim to have won four of their five games, including a win over the United States in their opener and a 1-0 victory over a tough Colombia side in the quarterfinals. Like Italy, they’ve also conceded just three goals in the tournament. Tactically, these teams are almost identical. They both play with three center backs with their top priority being to prevent their opponent from scoring. Of course, the Italians conceded twice in the quarterfinals in a game in which they were up a man for a large portion. Ukraine has also been quite comfortable playing on the counter, so they will be comfortable inviting the Italians into their half of the field, as they’ll be comfortable defending and trying to hit Italy on the counter.

South Korea vs Ecuador

In the second semi-final, Ecuador is favored with a money line of -107 while South Korea is a considerable underdog at +299. The South American side is fresh off a win over a feisty American team that previously knocked out tournament favorite France. After starting the tournament slowly with a draw and a loss, Ecuador has won three in a row, outscoring their opponents 6-2 during that span. Meanwhile, South Korea has also bounced back from a loss in their opening match. They seemed to have found their groove but had to survive a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals after a wild 3-3 game with Senegal. As has been the case in recent games, Ecuador should expect to have a majority of the possession in this game. Attacking-wise, the South Americans are quite skilled, not to mention fast and physical. At times, it feels like only a matter of time until they find the back of the net. However, they can be a little loose in the back, which could be dangerous, as the Koreans enjoy playing on the counterattack. Of course, the Koreans must be clinical in the final third. After conceding three goals against Senegal in the quarterfinals, they aren’t likely to keep Ecuador off the scoreboard, so Korea better be ready to seize opportunities to score, even if they are few and far between.

Expert Picks

Get ready to see Ukraine and Ecuador meet in the finals. Ukraine is a little more disciplined than the Italian, helping them stick to their game plan and ultimately win, even if it takes an extra 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the pace and skill of Ecuador will be too much for the Koreans to match. Bet on Ukraine to beat Italy and Ecuador to beat South Korea in the semi-finals of the U-20 World Cup.