By News Team
17th November 2020
After plenty of ups and downs over the last few months, the UEFA Nations League group stage comes to an end this week, but there is plenty still to play for…
We preview some of the key games to look out for.
Scotland set for more joy in Israel?
Scotland will still be feeling the hangover after their heroics in Serbia last Thursday, which saw the Tartan Army qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 22 years. But they were brought back down to earth at the weekend quickly with a 1-0 loss to Slovakia in the Nations League.
Scotland do, however, still currently sit in top spot in Group B2, with only a point separating them and Czech Republic in second place as they head into the final gameweek on Wednesday evening where Israel await. Scotland are currently priced at 13/8 to beat Israel, which will see them top the group.
Israel, meanwhile, are also in need of a win as they could still be relegated from the group after Slovakia’s victory against Scotland. Currently sitting in third with five points, a win for Israel would solidify their spot in League B for the next Nations League campaign. Israel are also priced at 13/8 to win on Wednesday, which suggests we could be in for close encounter. The draw is 21/10.
Iceland to inflict more pain on England?
England host Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday evening in a game that sadly does not mean anything to Gareth Southgate’s side after Sunday’s defeat to Belgium in Group A2.
England are guaranteed to finish their Nations League campaign in third spot behind both Belgium and Denmark, but they will be looking to end their fixtures in style after a recent run of patchy form on the international stage.
The Three Lions are currently 1/6 favourites to win on Wednesday, but they have fallen to back-to-back defeats in competitive games under Gareth Southgate for the first time since the 2018 World Cup. And if they fail to defeat Iceland, it will be the first time that England have failed to win from three competitive games in a row under Southgate.
Iceland will be relegated from the group after losing every one of their five Nations League fixtures so far, but they will head into this fixture hoping to pull off another shock against England following their Euro 2016 heroics. Iceland’s best chance of a point in the group came against England on the opening weekend but a 93rd minute penalty was blasted over the bar and the Three Lions took home all three points. Iceland head into this fixture as the underdogs at a price of 14/1. The draw is 11/2.
Wales to cross the Finnish line first?
Wales host Finland in one of their most important games in recent years on Wednesday evening. A win for the Dragons would see them finish in top spot in Group B4, though a victory for Finland would also see them end up top, with just a point separating the two sides.
Group leaders Wales have enjoyed an almost perfect Nations League campaign, with Ryan Giggs’ side having won four and drawn one of their five fixtures. The most impressive stat from their Nations League campaign so far is that they are yet to concede a goal in the competition, which will worry Finland heading into this fixture. All four of Wales’ victories have finished 1-0 and they are 4/1 to win by the same scoreline here or 10/11 to win by any scoreline.
Finland have also impressed this Nations League campaign and are coming off back-to-back wins in the last week – they will be full of confidence after defeating current world champions France 2-0 last Wednesday. Finland are priced at 16/5 to defeat Wales in what should be a fascinating affair.