UEFA Nations League preview – 15-20 November
The Nations League returns as part of the international break, with teams jostling for position in their respective groups and the next few days will determine several outcomes.
In UEFA Nations League A, we have France sitting in the box seat ahead of a trip to the Netherlands, with Les Bleus the 2.30 favourites to beat a Dutch side who previously thrashed Germany 3-0.
Ronald Koeman’s side are clearly showing signs of improvement and they are 2.90 to claim the spoils and have the Rotterdam crowd bouncing, while it would also give them hope of winning the section.
Days later, Germany are heavy favourites when they clash with the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen, with Die Mannschaft looking to avoid relegation to League B although that currently looks a distinct possibility.
Belgium and Switzerland are tied on points in Group 2, with the Red Devils entertaining Iceland on Thursday 15 November and it’s little surprise to see them trading at 1.20 with bet365 to register three points.
The Swiss then clash with Belgium in the final group game and the home side will need a seismic victory over their opponents in order to qualify for the play-offs, with Iceland certain to go down.
Poland are also going to be relegated from League A, with Italy hosting Portugal and the Azzurri are 2.14 with bet365 to overcome a Portuguese side likely to be missing Cristiano Ronaldo once again. However, you can back the visitors at 3.50 and they are certainly in the box seat to qualify at the moment.
Group 4 looks interesting after England contrived to engineer a victory in Spain, with La Roja now heading to Zagreb and they are 2.00 to beat a team who have just one point on the board thus far.
Croatia are 3.75 to restore some national pride with a win and give themselves hope of avoiding relegation, with the Blazers then travelling to Wembley days later to meet England.
England are in the unusual position of potentially qualifying for the play-offs or getting relegated, although Gareth Southgate’s team are 1.90 favourites to claim victory and continue their confident run.
Ukraine will be promoted to the top tier after three straight wins and Andriy Shevchenko’s side are 3.25 to claim another victory in Slovakia, with the home side 2.30 to enjoy a win of their own.
Turkey clash with Sweden with both teams looking to avoid relegation and the home side are strong favourites at 2.30 to overcome a side who made the World Cup quarter finals. The Scandinavian team are 3.40 to haul themselves back into contention with a win.
Bosnia are on the verge of being promoted and they are 3.80 to win in Vienna against an Austrian side who will be looking for consecutive victories to give themselves a chance of making it through. They are chalked up at 2.00 for the win.
Finally, Wales clash with Denmark and a victory for Ryan Giggs’ side would see them get promoted to the top tier, with bet365 making them a 2.50 chance to overcome a Danish side with bags of experience. Perhaps the visitors are a big price at 2.90.