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UEFA Nations League Predictions > Nov 14th - 18th


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Football Facts and Streaks regarding UEFA Nations League - Play Off

Hungary have won three and drawn one of their five outings in 2020, including a 1-3 success at Bulgaria in the Semi-Final.
Iceland have lost 80% of their last 5 matches, conceding 12 goals in the process.
Serbia needed extra time to beat Norway in the last round and have won none of their last six outings inside 90 minutes.
Scotland are unbeaten in their last eight international fixtures, winning six.
Serbia have drawn a blank in their last two matches, while Scotland have kept a clean sheet in their last three games.
Slovakia won just 2 of their last 13 matches on the road.

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding Nations League

Azerbaijan conceded just 2 goals in their last 4 assignments.
Portugal kept a clean sheet in 86% of their last 7 home assignments.
Both teams scored in 91% of Croatia’s last 11 fixtures.
Germany scored 3 or more goals in 62% of their last 8 home matches.
Under 2.5 goals hit the net when Azerbaijan and Montenegro last faced off in October.
Ukraine shipped 7 and 4 goals respectively in recent meetings with France and Spain.
Under 2.5 goals were scored in three of Azerbaijan and Montenegro’s first four Nations League C Group 1 matches respectively.

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Portugal vs France

The hosts enter this clash after a comfortable 7:0 victory over minnows Andorra last Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo made a great comeback after recovering from Covid-19, as he came on as a substitute in the second half and scored a goal. Portugal sits on the top spot on the table, however, they have the same number of pints as their upcoming rivals. The home side hasn’t tasted a defeat on the last eight occasions, and during that period, they failed to win just twice. Fernando Santos’ side managed to pick up a point one month ago in France, giving them a bit of an advantage ahead of this game. Portugal is very stable in the back, as the hosts haven’t conceded five times in a row, and they failed to keep the clean sheet just once in the last eight games.

France travels to Lisbon after a surprising 2:0 defeat against Finland in Paris just three days ago. Although the leading players were given a break, the visitors should have won that friendly game. It will be interesting to see how it will impact their confidence ahead of this important clash. Before that game, the current world champions haven’t lost 12 times in a row, missing the chance to celebrate just twice. France already booked two away victories, but they would need another positive result away from home to remain in the game for the top spot.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

It is going to be a big fight between these world-class teams, and we expect to see a tight battle. We won’t be surprised if the game ends in a draw once again.

Goals Market Prediction

Both teams have excellent attacking potential—Cristiano Ronaldo on one side, and Kylian Mbappe on the other, followed by other talented players. We don’t think the nets will remain still, although clashes between these two sides haven’t been too efficient lately.

Draw @ 3.25

BTTS Yes @ 1.90

Correct score 1:1 @ 6.00

Source: https://www.bat-bet.com/portugal-vs-france-betting-tips-predictions-match-previews-uefa-nations-league/

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Belgium vs England

The hosts are in a good position ahead of this clash as they sit on the top of the table. They are two points ahead of their upcoming rivals and Denmark. Roberto Martinez’s side enjoyed a streak of 13 games without being defeated, but they lost at Wembley in October. Kevin de Bruyne and the lads managed to get back on the winning track as they celebrated against Iceland and Switzerland. Belgium failed to score last time in 2018 in a World Cup clash against France. However, their defense hasn’t managed to keep the clean sheet on the past five occasions. They have been undefeated at home over the previous four years, and they hope to extend that run after this match.

England did a great job at Wembley last month after beating Belgium 2:1 but ruined everything in a 1:0 defeat against Denmark. They got in the position to chase a victory in this game that can get them back to the top spot in the group. Harry Maguire’s red card had a significant impact on their loss against Denmark, and a very tough task is ahead of the Three Lions. The visitors celebrated against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday and had a successful test ahead of this crucial game. Gareth Southgate’s side lost just once on the last nine occasions and failed to score only twice during that period. However, Marcus Rasahford, Alexander-Arnold, and Joe Gomez will be sidelined for this clash and unable to help their teammates.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

A very tight clash is ahead of us, and we expect to see a great battle. The stake is big, but we think the hosts are a bit closer to the victory. Therefore, Belgium should win this game, and the odds are pretty lucrative.

Goals Market Prediction

Both sides have been pretty efficient lately. Belgium managed to find the back of the opposition’s net in the past two and a half years, while their defense is not so tight. Therefore, we should be able to see both teams netting at least once.

Belgium to win @ 2.25

BTTS Yes @ 1.75

Correct score 2:1 @ 9.00

Source: https://www.bat-bet.com/belgium-vs-england-betting-tips-predictions-match-previews-uefa-nations-league/

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Slovakia vs Scotland

The attention once again falls on Scotland this weekend as the party of qualification for the 2020 European Championship in midweek comes to a swift end with the focus now on their 2020/21 UEFA Nations League Group B2. A trip to Slovakia awaits with the game kicking off at 2pm GMT on Sunday afternoon from the Anton Malatinsky Stadium in Trnava.

Slovakia are themselves celebrating qualifying for a second successive European Championship after their 2-1 win after extra-time against Northern Ireland in midweek. It had been 5 matches without a win for Stefan Tarkovic's side. The team currently sits bottom of the group with just 1 point from their 4 matches so far. Back-to-back defeats in this group including a 1-0 loss away against Scotland means they come into this game knowing their form in this group is poor. Defeat here would also see them relegated to League C for the next edition of the Nations League.

Scotland are on cloud nine, well most of their fans are, and that's understandable. The result and performance against Serbia in midweek was memorable. Steve Clarke knows his team also need just 1 win from their final 2 group games in the Nations League to win the group and earn promotion to League A. What a way to round off 2020 that would be for the Tartan Army. Clarke could well make a number of changes for this game with 7 players having played 120 minutes in midweek and the Israel game on Tuesday acting as an insurance policy if they fail to win this one. Interestingly, only Portugal, Finland, and Norway have won more Nations League games than Scotland since the competition was introduced.

I've had the benefit of watching Slovakia a number of times over the past few years due to the games Wales have played against them and they're a tricky side to play. We've generally got the better of them but it's clear to see why they have the ability to grind out results. Their philosophy is quite laborious though. The combination of 5 of the last 6 Scotland matches seeing under 2.5 goals scored and Slovakia only scoring 4 goals in 4 games in this group leads me to think this could be dull. Anticipated squad rotation by both sides that played 120 minutes in midweek suggests we could see a disjointed and dour affair.

Draw @ 3.40 with SportPesa

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.55 with Novibet

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Wales vs Republic of Ireland

The second preview for the first round of UEFA Nations League matches coming up this weekend is the 5pm GMT clash between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium in Group B4. It's been far from the most exciting group in the competition so far with only 9 goals scored in the 8 matches played so don't expect this one to be a thriller.

Wales continue their disruptive period without head coach Ryan Giggs leading the team. A dour 0-0 draw against the USA in a friendly in midweek was mission accomplished in terms of avoiding defeat and serious injuries to key players for the stand-in management team of Robert Page and Albert Stuivenberg. It's now 9 competitive matches unbeaten for the Dragons and a win here would put them on the brink of winning this group and a place in the top tier for the next edition of the Nations League even if Finland win against Bulgaria. Perhaps the most impressive record is the fact that Wales have only conceded once in their last 8 matches and are the only nation in League B yet to concede a goal in their group games so far. Their home form is decent too with 6 wins and 2 draws from their last 8 home games. Unsurprisingly, Wales will once again be without influential midfield duo Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen.

Republic of Ireland know that they need to get something from this game to ease their fears of relegation to League C. Stephen Kenny's side are in 3rd place with just 2 points from their 4 group matches until now. The Nations League has hardly been a happy hunting ground for their strikers with the team scoring just 2 goals in their 8 matches since the inception of the competition. It's now just over a year since the country's last win which came in a 3-1 friendly victory against New Zealand on 14th November, 2019. Injuries and lack of fitness blight this Irish side again with Seamus Coleman, John Egan, Harry Arter, Shane Long, Enda Stevens, and Aaron Connolly all absent.

I read through the squad availability of both of these teams and I just struggled to see how either team can hope to be anywhere close to their best. Key players are missing on both sides. I think as a neutral I'd have to back Wales to get the win but with Giggs missing it's hard to tell how the first team players will perform. Ireland are without some key players too though and I think we'll see a below par performance from both. It was a late winner from Jonny Williams that sealed victory for Wales in the return leg and I wouldn't be shocked if a single moment of genius or disaster was needed to separate these two here. Step forward Mr Bale?! As a Welshman, I'm just naturally pessimistic. I have to put a draw to avoid jinxing us in the selection below but if you want a winner then I think Wales are more likely to sneak it.

Draw @ 3.08 with Novibet

Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.25 with Novibet

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Belgium vs England

The big game of the weekend is the 7:45pm GMT clash of Belgium and England at Den Dreef in Leuven on Sunday night in UEFA Nations League Group A2. The pressure is on the visitors who need to ensure they earn at least a point in this game to prevent the home team from sealing top spot and a place in the competition finals. A win has to be the priority for both teams though.

Belgium currently lead this group with 3 wins and 1 loss from their 4 group games so far but that solitary defeat did come against their opponents for this game. Roberto Martinez has seen his team lose just 1 game from their last 16 outings and it was a run that helped move them to the top of the FIFA world rankings. Their home record is even more impressive having gone their last 23 games on home soil without tasting defeat. One of the surprise candidates for backing as an anytime scorer has to be Michy Batshuayi. The Crystal Palace front man has scored 9 goals in his last 8 matches for his country.

England will be looking to turn this group on its head with a victory. Gareth Southgate has come under fire for his team's inconsistent and dull performances since their memorable 2018 World Cup campaign. The Three Lions are 3rd in this group and 2 points off the pace of the group leaders who are their opponents here. If there is one bit of optimism England can take going into this game then it's the fact they've only lost 1 of their last 11 trips to Belgium and have won 9 of those matches. The 3-0 win over rival nation Republic of Ireland in midweek was a perfect way to prepare for this game.

This is set to be a fascinating clash. Both teams have the potential to take a huge step towards winning this group. Belgium will do so with a win and a draw will put them on the brink. England know a win will put them in pole position but anything less could hand the group on a plate to the Belgians. It's tough to judge how England will do these days. The fans want Southgate to unleash their attacking threats but he seems to be persisting with a more progressive approach. Will it work here? I can see a draw but a win for the away seems a tall order.

Draw @ 3.47 with Novibet

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 2.05 with 888Sport

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Austria vs Northern Ireland

The final game from this round of UEFA Nations League matches coming up on Sunday evening is the Group B1 clash between Austria and Northern Ireland at 7:45pm GMT from the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna. It's been contrasting fortunes for these two sides in this group so far as the home side aim to strengthen their position at the top of the group against an away side simply looking to avoid what is fast becoming a seemingly inevitable relegation.

Austria sit proudly on top of this group after 4 matches with 3 wins and 1 loss. Head coach Franco Foda can see his team take a commanding position heading into their final key game against Norway by winning this one. It appears Norway's match with Romania has been suspended due to a positive case of covid-19 within the Norwegian team so that throws the final game into doubt. All the Austrians can do is win this game to move top of the group by 3 points. 5 wins from their last 6 games is decent form and having beaten Northern Ireland 1-0 at Windsor Park last month they'll feel this is a game they should be looking to win.

Northern Ireland suffered a disappointing loss after extra time to Slovakia in their 2020 European Championship qualification play-off final in midweek. Their Nations League campaign isn't exactly providing any reason for cheer either with the Green and White Army propping up the group with just 1 point from their 4 matches so far. Head coach Ian Baraclough will need his team to take at least a point from this game if they want to avoid having their relegation to League C all but confirmed here. Only 2 goals scored by Norn Iron in this competition up until shows where their main weakness remains.

I'm not hopeful for Northern Ireland over the coming months. I think the expected difficult transition from the Michael O'Neill era is happening in a more brutal way than anyone can have anticipated. Failure to qualify for Euro 2020 was gut-wrenching and I can see them dropping down to League C in the Nations League. Austria should win this with ease and Northern Ireland are staring a troubling few years in the face right now.

Austria to Win to Nil @ 1.95 with Betfred

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.91 with William Hill

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding Nations League

86% of Spain’s last 7 internationals have featured fewer than 2.5 goals, including the 1-1 draw between these sides in September’s reverse fixture.
60% of Germany’s last 5 away games have generated fewer than 2.5 goals.
Ukraine have lost their last 4 away internationals for an aggregate score of 16-2.
The Swiss are winless in 7 but have drawn with Germany and Spain in two of their last three outings.
Ukraine have scored in 80% of their last 5 matches.
France were unbeaten in 21 home games prior to their friendly defeat to Finland last week, winning 17.
Sweden have lost their last 3 away internationals.

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Spain vs Germany

Spain had a very good start to the campaign, and after three rounds, the hosts were two points ahead of their upcoming rivals. However, they snatched just a point from the past two games and slipped to the 2nd spot. Spain suffered a surprising 1:0 defeat against Ukraine in October, while they managed to pick up just a draw away to Switzerland. Sergio Ramos missed two penalty kicks in that game, and eventually, that cost them the victory. Luis Enrique’s side cannot be content with its form lately, as Spain celebrated just once in the last five matches. They have trouble converting chances into goals, as the hosts didn’t score more than once six out of the previous seven occasions.

On the other hand, their defense hasn’t managed to keep the clean sheet three times in a row. Spain booked their last victory over Germany in 2010, and they need to step up this time if they want the place in the playoffs. Ansu Fati, Thiago Alcantara, and Daniel Carvajal will be sidelined for this game.

Germany has been undefeated 12 games in a row, but we cannot say they have been confident in that period. The visitors were involved in five draws during this streak, and thanks to the poor form of their rivals, they are one point ahead of Spain. Joachim Low’s side won twice in a row, but they needed to search for a comeback after being 1:0 down against Ukraine on Saturday. Timo Werner’s brace helped them keep the top spot and hold the strings of destiny in their hands. The away side has trouble keeping the heir net intact, as they managed to keep the clean sheet just once on the last eight occasions. Kai Havertz won’t be able to help his teammates on Tuesday due to an injury.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Head to head clashes between these two teams in the past 12 years have been very tight. The last two ended in a draw, and it is going to be another close battle. Neither of these two sides is considered a favorite in this clash, and we won’t be surprised if it ends in another tie.

Goals Market Prediction

Although their recent encounters haven’t been so efficient, we believe the nets won’t remain still. Germany has incredible attacking potential, while its defense needs to do better. Spain can exploit that and score at least once.

Draw @ 3.50

BTTS Yes @ 1.65

Correct score 1:1 @ 7.00

Source: https://www.bat-bet.com/spain-vs-germany-betting-tips-predictions-match-previews-uefa-nations-league/

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I will follow the game of the Croatians who score and easily concede the goal and I will bet on many goals. Portugal can also help in the score
CROATIA vs PORTUGAL @@ +2.50 Over, odds 2.00

Sweden has been getting points from France since 2017. France has no reason to pay too much attention to this game with first place already guaranteed, but even with several changes, it seems to have the first say in the victory
FRANCE vs SWEDEN @@ FRANCE, odds 1.60

The host Spain, only needs the victory and will give it their all. The two National teams are the top, with excellent quality on all lines of the field. A tough duel is expected, with the qualification being judged in detail. They will find a goal to confirm that both teams are scoring
SPAIN vs GERMANY@@ Both team to score, odds 1.65

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Belgium vs Denmark

Belgium made a crucial step toward a place in the playoffs after beating England on Sunday. Two goals in the first 25 minutes of the game brought them three vital points and kicked the Three Lions out of the race for the top spot. Roberto Martinez’s side tied three wins in a row, and in each of those games, they scored twice. The hosts suffered just one defeat in the past two years, and besides that, they missed the chance to win only on one more occasion. Belgium was better in their previous clash back in September and celebrated a 2:0 victory. Kevin de Bruyne and the lads haven’t lost a game at the home pitch for the past four years, and if they manage to extend that run, the hosts will secure the place in playoffs.

Denmark had a slow start in the UEFA Nations League campaign, as they picked up just a point from the opening two rounds. However, Cristian Eriksen and the lads tied three wins in the competition, that propelled them to the 2nd spot. They are just two points behind their upcoming rivals, and only a victory can see them move to the top. Ebbe Sand’s side celebrated five times in a row and conceded only once during that streak. Although Denmark hasn’t been too efficient in the competition, their defense is the tightest in the group. Three points won at Wembley against England boosted their confidence, and the visitors hope for another good display.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Despite Denmark’s excellent recent form, the hosts are still considered as favorites in this clash. We believe Belgium won’t take anything for granted, and they will book another three points to seal the top spot.

Goals Market Prediction

Head to head clashes between these two sides have historically been pretty efficient. In each of them, football fans saw at least two goals, and we believe this clash could go over 2.5 margin.

Belgium to win @ 1.60

Over 2.5 FT @ 2.00

Correct score 3:1 @ 13.00

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In the last group everything will be judged in the match between Wales and Finland. Wales has 13 points, Finland has 12, the home team has zero liabilities, the guest has conceded two goals in five matches. Everything will be judged in detail and probably in the goal
WALES vs FINLAND @@ +2.50 Under, odds 1.50

The match is of great scoring importance, the two teams will give it their all. The National Team of Greece has a more difficult task, but it has the potential to overcome this obstacle. It will be a game of patience and perseverance, where logic will be judged in detail, so I will bet on the few goals
GREECE vs SLOVENIA @@ +2.50 Under, odds 1.59

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England vs Iceland

The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage comes to a close on Wednesday night and the first match being previewed here is the tie between England and Iceland in Group A2 in a 7:45pm GMT kick-off at Wembley Stadium. It's a game that has nothing riding on it except for the home team hoping to get a win that will lift them above Denmark in the group with the visiting side already facing relegation to the second tier.

England will want to put the disappointment of the 2-0 loss away to Belgium behind them in this game. Gareth Southgate has faced some mild criticism and pressure from external quarters and that loss will not have helped to silence the doubters. The Three Lions now face an Iceland team that has become a bit of a thorn in English sides over the past few years. The England head coach has been pressured by club managers to rotate his players to avoid burning out some of the big stars and that could lead to the likes of Phil Foden, Harry Winks, and Tammy Abraham potentially getting game time. If Borussia Dortmund's 17-year old starlet Jude Bellingham is given a start then he'll break Wayne Rooney's record for being the youngest English player to start an international game. Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling have also both returned to their clubs already.

Iceland have failed to pick up a single point in this edition of the competition. Head coach Erik Hamren is set to stand down from his role as national team gaffer after this game so he will be keen to go out on a high. Unfortunately, his team is without influential Premier League players Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson. 6 losses in their last 7 matches including 4 straight defeats sees the Icelandic team come into this game in poor form. However, they remain a tricky team to beat having only lost by more than 1 goal in 2 of their last 6 defeats.

I backed England to win big when these sides met earlier in this competition but the Three Lions let me down and required a late penalty and some additional luck of a missed Iceland penalty to seal a narrow 1-0 win. I think with both teams missing key players will impact on the quality but the difference in size of these nations means Iceland will feel those absentees more than England. I think the home side should seal a business-like 2 or 3 goal win to end their campaign on a positive note.

England -1 @ 1.57 with Bet365

England to Win to Nil @ 1.67 with SpreadEx

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Israel vs Scotland

OK, so here we are again with some more Scotland coverage and I couldn't be happier for my Celtic cousins! The Scots know a win over Israel here in this 7:45pm GMT kick-off on Wednesday night at the Netanya Stadium will seal promotion to League A in the next edition of the UEFA Nations League but anything less and they'll need to rely on Czech Republic to slip up against their rivals Slovakia.

Israel have their own agenda coming into this game. Head coach Willibald Ruttensteiner knows his team need to get a victory to secure their place in League B but anything less and they risk Slovakia leapfrogging them and condemning them to a relegation to League C. The Blue and Whites have only managed 1 win from their last 8 international and it's now just 1 victory from their last 5 matches on home turf. There is a reliance on the clinical finishing of striker Eran Zahavi with the PSV front man bagging 5 of the nation's last 6 goals scored.

Scotland will feel it was a missed opportunity in Slovakia on the weekend when Steve Clarke's side narrowly lost by a 1-0 score-line. Captain Andrew Robertson returns after sitting out the Slovakia loss. It's a fantastic chance for the Scots here because not only will a win seal top spot in the group and promotion to face Europe's elite nations such as Spain, France, Italy, and Germany but it will also deliver a play-off place for the 2022 World Cup. The defeat against Slovakia was a first loss in 10 international games for the Tartan Army.

These two nations have already clashed twice this year. In the previous Nations League meeting it was a 1-1 draw in Glasgow. When the two teams met last month for their 2020 European Championship qualification play-off semi-final it was a 0-0 draw with Scotland winning 5-3 on penalties. I really want to see Scotland get the win but Israel are a dogged team. If Scotland repeat their performance from Sunday then they could grind out a draw. They'll need to replicate their showing against Serbia if they want to win it and I'm not sure they will. I think they're playing on fumes after the emotional high of last week.

Draw @ 3.41 with VBet

BTTS @ 1.83 with Betway

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Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria

The next game in line for our previews for Wednesday night's UEFA Nations League matches is the 7:45pm GMT kick-off between Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. It's a simple equation here. The away team need to win in order to avoid relegation to League C. If they do manage to get that win then it'll be their opponents in the form of the home team that will be relegated to the third tier of this competition.

Republic of Ireland have seen their squad preparations blighted by injuries and covid-19 outbreaks. Matt Doherty and James McClean both tested positive for the virus this week bringing the total number of Irish players affected by the illness to reach 12. Head coach Stephen Kenny has seen his team take just 2 points from their 5 group games so far. It's a squad that's a shadow of its former self and the 1-0 loss away to Wales on the weekend once again showed how it's an Irish team that lacks that cutting edge in the final third. The Boys in Green are now without a goal scored in their last 6 matches and only 3 of their last 22 international games have seen over 2.5 goals scored. It makes for some pretty grim reading.

Bulgaria aren't exactly in a better situation themselves. Head coach Georgi Dermendzhiev has witnessed him side take just 1 point from their 5 group matches thus far. The national team has also been hit badly by covid-19 with 10 of their original squad being forced to drop out after testing positive or needing to isolate. Losing 5 of their last 6 international matches isn't great form either. The fact they're also just as dour on the pitch as their opponents for this game suggests it might not be a thriller. 8 of their last 10 matches have also seen less than 2.5 goals scored.

OK, so it goes without saying that this might be a struggle to watch. Both Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria have become synonymous with low-scoring affairs and, as if that wasn't bad enough, four of their encounters with each other since 2004 have ended in less than 2.5 goals being scored. I'm not sure if either team can find the net here but I think out of the two it's more likely to be Republic of Ireland. I'm just not convinced though and feel the draw is better value.

Draw @ 3.37 with VBet

Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.63 with 888Sport

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Wales vs Finland

The fate of two teams in the UEFA Nations League Group B4 will be decided at the top end of the table on Wednesday night when Wales host Finland at 7:45pm GMT at the Cardiff City Stadium. The home team need a win or a draw to seal their spot at the top to earn promotion to League A but defeat would see the visiting team leapfrog them into top place.

Wales have handled a number of obstacles during this Nations League campaign. Injuries and absentees through suspension or covid-19 have seen preparations thrown into disarray. That was even before the news was confirmed that head coach Ryan Giggs would be absent due to an ongoing legal incident where he has been accused of physically abusing his partner. Assistant manager Robert Page has come in and kept the ship steady with a 0-0 draw against the USA in a friendly followed by a narrow 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland. The Dragons are now undefeated in 10 international matches and haven't conceded a goal in over 11 hours and 51 minutes of action. Avoiding defeat here would make it the first time the nation has gone 11 games undefeated and 10 matches unbeaten at home.

Finland know what they need to do here. Head coach Markku Kanerva knows his team must win to over-take Wales as group winners and snatch their place in League A and a potential 2022 World Cup play-off place. It's been 4 wins on the bounce for the Eagle-Owls with just 1 goal conceded during that run of victories. However, their last competitive defeat was the gut-wrenching 1-0 loss at home against Wales in the opening round of this Nations League campaign. There are a number of absentees for the team including striker Joel Pohjanpalo, captain Tim Sparv, and defender Juha Pirinen.

Both of these teams are suffering set-backs in terms of player availability. Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey being the key Welsh losses but full back Ben Davies is also suspended. Wales are playing with a confidence now and it seems which ever players come in they understand and fit the system. Giggs deserves huge credit for installing that set-up. I feel provided we have one of Gareth Bale and Ramsey fit we always have a chance. Bale looked better than he has in a whole against Republic of Ireland but I still feel he's got more to give. I would be hugely disappointed if Wales don't at least get a draw here but I'm quietly confident we might sneak another dogged win.

Wales to Win @ 2.15 with VBet

Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.55 with Novibet

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Northern Ireland vs Romania

The final preview from our UEFA Nations League group phase is the 7:45pm GMT clash on Wednesday night between Northern Ireland and Romania in Group B1 at Windsor Park in Belfast. The fate of the home side will be sealed with a draw or defeat here confirming relegation to League C but can they throw a spanner in the works and get a win to leave the relegation matter still undecided?

Northern Ireland are in a bit of a bad place right now. Failure to reach the 2020 European Championship after defeat to Slovakia was followed by a disappointing 2-1 loss away to Austria on the weekend leaving the nation on the cusp of relegation to League C in the next edition of the Nations League. Head coach Ian Baraclough knew he had a difficult job on his hands taking over the reigns from Michael O'Neill but reality is biting hard. The squad has been hit by a number of withdrawals including captain Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty, and George Saville. The Green and White Army have only managed to pick up 1 point from their 5 group games so far and have only scored 3 goals during those matches too. It's also no win in their last 9 international matches.

Romania aren't exactly flying at the moment either. Mirel Radoi's men are in a slightly more positive situation than their opponents though. A draw or win in this game will keep them safe in League B for the next edition of the Nations League. The Tricolours have also picked up a win in this group already when they beat Austria 3-2 away earlier in the campaign. Scoring goals is also a problem for Romania though with the nation failing to hit the net in both of their last two matches. The cancelled fixture with Norway on the weekend due to covid-19 regulations means we could see their team in a slightly fitter state than Northern Ireland who are playing their third game in a week.

It's a dark time to be a Northern Irish football fan. No Euro 2020 and their FIFA world ranking is likely to take a hit if the team is relegated to League C. The likes of Davis and Jonny Evans are coming to the end of their careers and you have to ask if there's really genuine quality coming through the ranks? I have no confidence backing them right now and wouldn't be surprised if Romania snuck a draw here or even a win.

Romania Draw No Bet @ 1.68 with 888Sport

BTTS No @ 1.80 with BetVictor

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10 hours ago, peanut peanut said:

Mateusz Klich (Pol) to be shown a card

@ 3.30 

Both teams Poland v Holland still have a chance to win the group ,a small chance but I expect a keen contest  MK as been booked 5 times this season, was booked in the previous encounter and the Ref tonight averages 4.7 cards a match. 

No joy tonight

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