UEFA Nations League: Selected Fixtures Preview

UEFA Nations League: Selected Fixtures Preview
The FIFA break is upon us once more, and as planned, the UEFA Nations League continues. There’s some cracking encounters to look forward with the tie between Netherlands and France likely to bring fireworks, while the matchup between Italy and Portugal should also be a fiery fixture. Let’s get straight into it!

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Friday 16 November

Netherlands 37/20 
Draw 24/10 
France 27/20 
(21:45)

Netherlands seek revenge when they host France this Friday. The Dutch lost 2-1 in France in their last UEFA Nations League encounter against the world champions, with Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud getting the winner over Ryan Babel’s equalizer. Memphis Depay seems to be in scintillating form, so too Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk, who will be key to Netherlands’ chances of getting a result against France. Didier Deschamps’ men are unbeaten in 15 matches, dating back to a friendly they lost in March. Back the away win here at a valuable 27/20.

Slovakia 27/20 
Draw 2/1 
Ukraine 9/4 
(21:45)

Slovakia will be eyeing their first points in the UEFA Nations League when they square off with Ukraine. The hosts have lost both of their opening encounters, including a 1-0 defeat against their opponents. Andriy Shevchenko has done a superb job at the Ukrainian helm and is yet to lose since the start of the year, enduring an eight-game unbeaten run. Take the visitors to edge it at 9/4.

Wales 33/20 
Draw 39/20 
Denmark 37/20 
(21:45)

Denmark’s incredible form will be put to the test once again when they travel to the United Kingdom to face Wales. The hosts have had an indifferent start to their Nations League campaign, winning two and losing once so far – with that defeat coming against Denmark. The visitors have not conceded in three games, including two victories over Wales and Austria. A hard-fought encounter is expected, with Under 2.5 Goals tipped here at 5/10.

Slovenia 22/10 
Draw 2/1 
Norway 27/20 
(21:45)

Slovenia have been dismal thus far in the Nations League and are yet to win in their opening four matches. In that run, they’ve picked up just one point, losing three times. Norway head into this encounter in a superb run of form, winning seven of their last eight games, including a 1-0 win over their opponents. Although I fancy the Norwegians here, Under 2.5 Goals seems a much safer bet at 9/20.

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Saturday 17 November

Serbia 4/10 
Draw 32/10 
Montenegro 7/1 
(16:00)

Montenegro face the daunting task of travelling to Serbia, in hope of their third win in their Nations League campaign. In fact, their only loss so far in the tournament has come at home against this weekend’s opponents. Aleksandar Mitrovic was on fire that game, netting a brace to guide Serbia to a 2-0 win. The hosts are unbeaten in the Nations League, keeping three clean sheets in four games. Serbia are a banker here at 4/10!

Turkey 13/10 
Draw 21/10 
Sweden 22/10 
(19:00)

Turkey will be looking to do the double over Sweden when the two sides lock horns this Saturday. The Turks picked up an emphatic 3-2 away win over Sweden last time out, but have failed to win in their two games since. Sweden are winless in their last five matches, losing three times. With neither team’s defence looking rock-solid, my money is on Over 2.5 Goals at 5/4.

Italy 12/10 
Draw 21/10 
Portugal 49/20 
(21:45)

Roberto Mancini hasn’t had the best start to life at the helm of Italy, but did manage to grind out a 1-0 win in Poland in his side’s last outing. Portugal have won their last three matches, with Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva in superb form for their club, which they have rekindled with the national team. Rui Patricio has also been a revelation in goals for Portugal. Back the Away Double Chance at 6/10.

Romania 1/4 
Draw 4/1 
Lithuania 11/1 
(21:45)

Romania come into this tie as firm favourites, after going eight games without defeat, winning five times. They have, however, only won one of their four Nations League games, which came against Lithuania back in October. The visitors are winless in eight matches, losing their last six. In their last encounter, they were smashed 4-1 by Montenegro. Romania should come out on top, although for more value, take them on the (-1) Handicap at 15/20.

Albania 2/1 
Draw 2/1 
Scotland 15/10 
(21:45)

Albania and Scotland do battle once again with the hosts looking to end a run of three games without a win, while the Scots also haven’t been in the best of form lately, winning just one of their last six – with the other five matches ending in defeat. In that run, they did beat Albania 2-0. Scotland skipper, Andy Robertson, has matured into one of the best full-backs in Europe. Even though the form is not in their favour, I don’t see Scotland losing this one. Back them on the Double Chance at 7/20.

Sunday 18 November

England 17/20 
Draw 47/20 
Croatia 32/10 
(16:00)

England have bounced back from their early slump in the Nations League, having gone undefeated in three games after their 2-1 defeat to Spain. At the time of writing, Croatia are winless in their opening two Nations League encounters, failing to score a single goal. In these sides’ previous encounter, England and Croatia played out to a goalless draw, with a shortage of goals expected once again. Take Under 2.5 Goals at 8/10.

TREBLE @ 7/1
Ukraine Win 9/4
Serbia Win 4/10
England vs Croatia Under 2.5 Goals 8/10

Written by Jesse Nagel

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