Nations League Betting – Matchday Four
The latest chunk of Nations League action wraps up this week, with England fans still toasting a signature win against highly-rated Belgium.
Gareth Southgate’s side could pull further clear in Group A2 by making it back-to-back wins at Wembley against Denmark, while Northern Ireland are dicing with relegation to League C as they travel to free-scoring Norway.
Read on for our latest Nations League betting predictions before club football snaps back into life.
NATIONS LEAGUE BETTING TIPS
Netherlands vs Italy and England vs Denmark head up the latest round of games in League A, as our Nations League betting predictions look over four groups all still up for grabs…
League A Betting
New Netherlands boss Frank De Boer’s appointment wasn’t necessarily welcomed by all Oranje fans given his patchy record in management since retiring. The former Dutch ace won’t have got many of those doubters back on side after a slow start to life in the dugout with his home nation.
While it was hard to read too much into a limp friendly defeat to Mexico in his first home game in charge, De Boer hardly got an uplift in performance he might have anticipated as his side stuttered to a 0-0 draw away in Bosnia.
Italy will be scenting blood in Bergamo on Wednesday knowing a win in their toughest remaining fixture would put them firmly on track to secure a place in the Nations League finals. However, Poland can also keep tabs with the pacesetters with victory on home soil against Bosnia.
It’s advantage England in Group A2 as they overcame a slow start against Belgium to record a morale-boosting 2-1 win against the side currently deemed the best in the world.
Gareth Southgate’s recent team selections have come under scrutiny – particularly his reluctance to play Jack Grealish – but the England manager will surely play things safe again on Wednesday. That win over Belgium has left the Three Lions in charge of their own destiny at the top of A2.
Denmark stubbornly held England to a 0-0 draw when the nations met in Copenhagen last month but found their shooting boots in a comprehensive 3-0 away win in Iceland. They could pose England a few problems should Southgate’s men make another low-key opening to this one.
In the other game, Iceland surely need a win against Belgium to avoid relegation to League B becoming a formality.
Perhaps inevitably given the pre-match hype, the clash between the World Cup winners and reigning European champions ended up as something of a damp squib, as France and Portugal played out a lifeless 0-0 draw on Sunday.
That stalemate was still enough to see both pull four points clear of third in this year’s Group of Death, but that could all change in midweek as France to travel to 2018 World Cup finalist Croatia and Portugal host Sweden. The French won 4-2 in the reverse meeting – a repeat of the scoreline that sealed them a second World Cup in Russia.
It couldn’t happen again… could it?
Tuesday night’s main Nations League action comes from this lively group, which still looks to be trending in Spain’s direction after the latest set of games. Both Spain and Germany avoided potential banana skins at the weekend, although they were made to work hard for their wins as they overcame Switzerland (1-0) and Ukraine (2-1) respectively.
The Germans can effectively end Swiss hopes of another Nations League Finals appearance with a win in Cologne, while Spain look to have the harder assignment with a tricky trip to Kiev to contend with. It already looks like this group might come down to a final day shootout when Spain host Germany next month.
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Northern Ireland increasingly need a miracle to avoid relegation to League C. Unfortunately for Ian Baraclough, there might be precious little respite on Wednesday as his side travel to a Norway side with Erling Haaland in red-hot form. The 20-year-old sensation hit a hat-trick as the Norwegians cruised to a 4-0 win over Romania to keep them level with current group leaders Austria.
While Scotland can hardly be accused of serving up entertainment value in recent games, Steve Clarke’s charges have at least made up for it with old-fashioned grit, with the Tartan Army snatching an important 1-0 win over Slovakia at the weekend to cap off a decent week’s work. More of the same would be just fine with Scotland a point clear of Wednesday’s opponents the Czech Republic in B2.
Wales and Ireland ultimately settled for a share of the spoils in a relatively forgettable clash in Dublin, albeit the Irish may have been left wondering what might have been given Stephen Kenny’s selection crisis in the run-up to the game. Both nations are on their travels in midweek against Bulgaria and Finland respectively.
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