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European Under-17s Championship | Group Stage
May 26, 2024 at 6.30pm UK


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FT(HT: 1-2)
Kostov (6'), Kostic (21'), Cvetkovic (73')

Preview: Czech Republic Under-17s vs. Serbia Under-17s - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's European Under-17s Championship clash between Czech Republic Under-17s and Serbia Under-17s, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Czech Republic Under-17s and Serbia Under-17s will be bidding for top spot in Group B when they go head-to-head in Sunday's clash at the European Under-17 Championship.

Both teams have collected six points from their two matches, with Czech Republic sitting in pole position due to their superior goal difference.

Match preview

Czech Republic have already booked their place in the knockout rounds for the first time since they finished runners-up at the 2006 tournament.

They flew out of the blocks with a dominant 5-0 win over tournament hosts Cyprus, before they produced another free-scoring display in Thursday's clash with Ukraine.

Lukas Moudry netted a 12th-minute penalty to lay the platform for Ondrej Penxa to score a second-half brace and wrap up a commanding 3-0 victory.

Having secured their place in the quarter-finals, Czech Republic will advance as the group winners as long as they avoid defeat against Serbia.

They can certainly take confidence from the fact that they have lost just one of their previous five matches, with their solitary loss taking place against Poland in qualifying.

Serbia took points from their first two matches to advance to the knockout rounds for the third consecutive European Under-17 Championship.

They required just one goal to see off Ukraine on matchday one, before they fought back from a goal down to beat Cyprus on Thursday.

Mihajlo Cvetkovic struck in first-half stoppage time to cancel out Petros Ioannou's opener, before Viktor Stojanovic and Vasilije Kostov grabbed a goal apiece to clinch a 3-1 victory.

Serbia now have the chance to win their group for the first time in tournament history after settling for second place in 2022 and 2023.

Jovan Damjanovic's side simply have to claim all three points if they are to leapfrog the Czech Republic in the final group game, before they turn their focus to a quarter-final clash against one of Austria, Denmark or Croatia.

Czech Republic Under-17s European Under-17s Championship form:

Serbia Under-17s European Under-17s Championship form:

Team News

Serbia's Kostov could be rewarded with a starting place following his goalscoring appearance in Thursday's win over Cyprus

Stefan Mladenovic is also in contention to start after being introduced alongside Kostov at half time on matchday two.

Meanwhile, Czech Republic boss Jiri Zilak could be tempted to recall Marek Naskos, Adam Sosna and Matyas Nechvatal.

Penxa will be looking to continue his impressive form after scoring three goals in the opening two group matches.

Czech Republic Under-17s possible starting lineup:
Jovanovic; Bubanja, Milosavljevic, Stojanovic, Premovic; Maksimovic, Rostov, Vasilic; Rankovic, Mladenovic, Cvetkovic

Serbia Under-17s possible starting lineup:
Obdrzalek; Rehacek, Krpalek, Micek, Kolisek; Sloncik, Naskos; Sosna, Moudry, Penxa; Nechvatal

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We say: Czech Republic Under-17s 2-2 Serbia Under-17s

Both teams will be full of confidence after claiming maximum points in their first two matches, but we think that the two in-form sides will have to settle for a draw in Sunday's contest, which would see the Czech Republic advance as group winners.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Group A

Q Germany Germany22006
2 Switzerland Switzerland21104
3 Scotland flag Scotland20111
4 Hungary Hungary20020

Group B

1 Spain Spain11003
2 Italy Italy11003
3 Albania national flag Albania20111
4 Croatia Croatia20111

Group C

1 England flag England11003
2 Denmark Denmark10101
3 Slovenia Slovenia10101
4 Serbia Serbia10010

Group D

1 Netherlands Netherlands11003
2 France France11003
3 Poland Poland10010
4 Austria Austria10010

Group E

1 Romania Romania11003
2 Slovakia Slovakia11003
3 Belgium Belgium10010
4 Ukraine Ukraine10010

Group F

1 Turkey Turkey11003
2 Portugal Portugal11003
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic10010
4 Georgia Georgia10010

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