By News Team
9th October 2020
The UEFA Nations League returns this weekend with all four Home Nations sides in action on Sunday.
Here is our preview of the fixtures.
Scotland to stay unbeaten?
Scotland host Slovakia in the Nations League on Sunday evening with the hope of continuing their brilliant start in the competition. Scotland are unbeaten after two games in League B Group 2 following a draw with Israel and a fantastic 2-1 victory against Czech Republic last time out. They also defeated Israel on Thursday to book a Euro 2021 play-off final berth so should be full of confidence.
The home side go into this game as 21/20 favourites but although Slovakia have picked up only one point so far in the group, they will be looking to spring an upset at Hampden Park at 13/5 and do possess quality in the likes of Marek Hamsik and Milan Skriniar. They too will be full of confidence after knocking out Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2021 play-offs.
But Scotland have gone six games without defeat in all competitions and will fancy themselves to continue that run here.
England gunning for revenge
The last time England faced Belgium was during the 2018 World Cup when Roberto Martinez’s men pipped the Three Lions to the third-place spot, but Gareth Southgate’s side will be out for revenge at Wembley on Sunday evening.
England have struggled to perform in their opening two Nations League games with a last gasp victory against Iceland and a bore draw against Denmark, though they did improve with the midweek win against Wales.
After back to back wins against Denmark and Iceland, Belgium are clear favourites heading into this fixture at 31/20 and also sit two points clear at the top of League A Group 2. As a result, Southgate’s side will be seeking a win and are 13/8 to be victorious at Wembley.
Wales to claim another victory?
Republic of Ireland host Wales on Sunday afternoon with the hope of turning around their Nations League fortunes after two disappointing results.
Back in September, Ireland were defeated 1-0 by Finland before being held to a 1-1 draw by Bulgaria, and to add to that they suffered Euro 2021 play-off heartbreak against Slovakia on Thursday.
Wales, meanwhile, are in a different boat to Ireland after winning both of their opening Nations League fixtures against Finland and Bulgaria to sit top of League B Group 4. They will be without their main man, Gareth Bale, for their fixture but Aaron Ramsey should return to the side after missing the England defeat.
Can Northern Ireland get the ball rolling?
Northern Ireland will be looking to bounce back against Austria on Sunday after having five goals put past them by Norway last time out in the Nations League.
Northern Ireland started off the Nations League with a 1-1 draw against Romania having been down to 10 men, but this was to be overshadowed after suffering a 5-1 defeat to Norway a few days later to leave them bottom of League B Group 1.
Austria, who sit second in the group, are clear favourites for this tie at 5/6 but they have also had a mixed start to their campaign. Austria defeated Norway 2-1 on the opening day, but were defeated 3-2 by Romania soon after.
Northern Ireland managed to book their place in the Euro 2021 play-off final with victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday and could use this momentum to claim the three points on Sunday at 10/3.