The Under-20 World Cup Quarterfinals takes place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. On Friday, the Ukraine battles Columbia as a slight underdog while surprise Mali takes on Italy. The United States, another surprise Under-20 World Cup squad, takes on Ecuador on Saturday. Senegal and South Korea throw down in Saturday’s second match. Check out FIFA U-20 World Cup odds, analysis, and a free pick for each match!
2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals Odds & Betting Preview
Friday, June 7
Ukraine vs Colombia
- 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals Odds: Ukraine +227 / Colombia +125 / Draw +200
Colombia might be favored, but they didn’t dominate New Zealand in the Round of 16. Colombia and New Zealand ended up tied 1-1 after regulation and after extra time. The Colombians beat the New Zealanders 5-4 on penalty kicks.
Although the Ukraine battled a worse team in the Round of 16 than Colombia did, they dominated. The Ukrainians sent the Panamanians home 4-1. Ukraine is playing great soccer right now. It’s hard to look past the excellent odds.
Soccer Betting Pick: Ukraine
Mali vs Italy
- 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals Odds: Mali +218 / Italy +127 / Draw +208
Mali did something in the Round of 16 that many soccer handicappers thought was impossible. They played defense. Mali is a great scoring team. Versus the Argentinians, they settled down and forced a penalty kick shootout. Mali only allowed 2 goals. Then in the penalty shootout, they beat Argentina 5-4.
Italy played their usual brand of conservative soccer in the Round of 16. The Italians beat Poland 1-0. Mali might get frustrated against the Italians on Friday. If they do, Italy will make them pay with quick counter strike goals. The Italians should win by 2.
Soccer Betting Pick: Italy
Saturday, June 8
Ecuador vs USA
- 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals Odds: Ecuador +137 / USA +200 / Draw +206
Nobody expected USA to beat France in the Round of 16. Then again, the Americans had come out of a much tougher group than France. The United State’s group included both Nigeria and the Ukraine.
The U.S. won because they were aggressive. They outscored France 3-2. Ecuador beat Uruguay 3-1 in the Round of 16. They also beat Mexico 1-0, drew with Japan, and only lost 0-1 to Italy during group play. It’s hard to see the United States beating two quality teams in a row. Ecuador is the play.
Soccer Betting Pick: Ecuador
Senegal vs Republic of Korea
- 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals Odds: Senegal +114 / Republic of Korea +250 / Draw +206
This projects to be the tightest match in the Under-20 World Cup Quarterfinals. Senegal continued to impress with a 2-1 win over Nigeria. The Senegalese beat Colombia handily during group play. But, they drew against Poland.
South Korea is on a 3 match winning streak: 1-0 over South Africa, 2-1 over Argentina, and 1-0 over Japan. South Korea can definitely upset Senegal here. The draw looks more possible, though, because both these teams will concentrate on playing great defense.
Soccer Betting Pick: Draw