Sunday’s Nations League Betting Preview
Nations League Betting 11/10/2020
The second international break of the season takes place this weekend, and there are a number of intriguing fixtures that football fans will be looking forward to. Some of the best national sides in the world will be in action, and they will be hoping to find their form as the European Championships begin to creep into sight.
England vs Belgium
The most interesting fixture of the weekend in the Nations League will take place on Sunday afternoon, as England welcome Belgium to Wembley. The fixture will be a repeat of the third-place playoff from the 2018 World Cup, and England will be looking to put down a marker for the year ahead against the top-ranked side according to the FIFA rankings.
Gareth Southgate has been questioned for the first time during his England reign over the past couple of months, as the excitement that came with the Three Lions run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals has started to fade. The biggest example of that came in England’s last fixture against Denmark, as Southgate opted to play a defensive team to avoid losing in Copenhagen.
England managed just two shots on target in that lacklustre outing, and fans will be hoping for a chance to see more of the attacking players at the manager’s disposal in this match.
Belgiums Run of Form
There is a sense that the European Championships will be the last chance saloon for much of this golden generation of Belgium talent, and their recent form would suggest that they could be one of the sides to watch. They won both their previous Nations League games against Denmark and Iceland and scored seven goals.
The most recent of Belgiums games came against Iceland, where a much-changed team won 5-1. Michy Batshuayi scored a brace in that win.
Both managers will likely start at full-strength for this meeting, which could mean that England will be faced with the proposition of keeping Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne quiet to get the win. It’s hard to see Belgium not scoring due to the defensive inability that England have shown over recent games.
France vs Portugal
Football fans will be given an insight into what they can expect to see at next summer’s European Championships, as world champions France host Portugal on Sunday night. These two sides will face off at the EUROs next year, as they have both been drawn in Group F.
France will be among the favourites to win the competition next year, and it’s hard to argue against that after studying the embarrassment of riches that they have in their squad. They have started their Nations League campaign with two wins from two, with their most recent win coming against Croatia. Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud were among the scorers in that 4-2 win.
Cristiano Ronaldo will once again have the hopes of Portugal on his shoulders. Ronaldo was in excellent form in their last game, as he scored twice in Portugal’s 2-0 win against Sweden. Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix will also be important players for Portugal over the next 12 months, but it will be difficult to see them getting anything from this game against the world champions.