By News Team
Last Updated: 12th October 2020
The UEFA Nations League continues on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with all four Home Nations once again in international action across the continent.
We preview the upcoming action below.
Scotland riding high ahead of Czech Republic clash
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Scotland fan. After booking their place in the Euro 2020 play-off final with victory over Israel last week – where they will meet Serbia in November – Steve Clarke’s men then followed that up with a UEFA Nations League win over Slovakia to maintain their place at the top of League B Group 2.
Next they welcome Czech Republic to Hampden Park on Wednesday, with their opponents sitting just one point behind them in the table. Another win here would place Scotland in a strong position to win the group, with the winners guaranteed a play-off spot for the 2022 World Cup.
That said, Czech Republic present a tougher assignment than either Israel or Slovakia, having picked up two wins from three in the group so far. With the likes of Matěj Vydra and Tomáš Souček in their side they have experience and the visitors are the 6/5 favourites, with Scotland 12/5 for the win.
But the Tartan Army are currently unbeaten in seven competitive matches and have kept a clean sheet in successive games, so they could well earn themselves an important point here, with the draw priced at 2/1.
England back at Wembley against Denmark
Much like Scotland, it’s been a pretty successful few days for England too. Having seen off Wales in a friendly with a host of talent relatively new to the international scene, Gareth Southgate’s men then produced an impressive display to defeat the world’s number one ranked side Belgium in the UEFA Nations League to move top of League A Group 2.
Next up for the Three Lions is Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday, with the hosts 7/10 to make it three wins on the bounce and consolidate their place at the top of the group. Denmark, 15/4 for the victory, should provide a tricky test with talent including Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel among their ranks.
Both sides will need to improve on last month’s 0-0 bore draw if they want the points here. But England are playing with added confidence, more attacking options and improved fitness under their belts since then, while they have won 20 of their last 21 competitive home games, so they should prove too strong. The Three Lions are 23/10 for the victory with both teams to score, which could be the way to go.
Northern Ireland in for long night in Norway?
Northern Ireland started their week off with an excellent victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina to book their place in the Euro 2020 play-off final, but followed that up at the weekend with a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Austria in the UEFA Nations League.
That result leaves them at the bottom of League B Group 1 and it doesn’t get any easier for Ian Baraclough’s men, who next face a trip to play Norway, who are joint second at the top of the table. The hosts are quite rightly the 42/100 favourites, with Northern Ireland 13/2.
The visitors are winless when playing in the UEFA Nations League, drawing one and losing six, while they have now gone five consecutive games without keeping a clean sheet, so it could be a long night for them. Norway’s star striker Erling Haaland hit a hat-trick at the weekend against Romania and is 11/5 to score first on Wednesday.
Wales face struggling Bulgaria
Wales and Republic of Ireland played out a drab draw in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday, but it will be Wales who will have been far happier with the result. That point ensures Ryan Giggs’ side remain top of League B Group 4, one point clear of Finland.
Wales have a fantastic chance to build on that lead when they face a trip to Bulgaria (16/5) on Wednesday, with their opponents sitting bottom of the group on just one point. Wales are the rightful favourites to win at Evens, with the draw priced at 19/10.
Victory here could go a long way to securing Wales’ status as group winners, with Giggs’ men currently the 2/5 favourites to top the group.