And England look to reverse recent poor form in friendly against Switzerland
Following the start of the UEFA Nations League this past week, the next batch of games is set to take place over the coming days. Spain, under new boss Luis Enrique will be looking to continue his promising start against Croatia, while Belgium open their account against an Iceland side desperately short of both form and confidence.
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First up, England look to get back to winning ways when they play Switzerland in a friendly this coming Tuesday night (11 September). The Three Lions have lost their last three matches in a row and are now in need of a reversal of fortunes to build confidence within the camp again – for the first time since taking over as manager, Gareth Southgate looks to be under pressure.
Switzerland, meanwhile, come into this game on a high having just thrashed Iceland 6-0 in their UEFA Nations League opener. The Swiss have only failed to score in one of their matches in 2018 and will be confident of breaching what is a patchy England back line at best.
Yet despite their recent travails, it is England who come into this match as the clear favourites to pick up the win. The Three Lions are at just 1.66 to walk away victorious, while Switzerland are out at 5.25, according to Oddsshark.
Given Switzerland’s recent form, they may well be worth backing at that price. A 2-1 win for the visitors is priced competitively at 17.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a whopping US$85 pay out – in addition, you could more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.10, while both teams to score is at 2.00.
Spain look to build on opening win against World Cup finalists Croatia
2010 World Cup winners Spain will be hoping to make it two wins from two when they host Croatia in the UEFA Nations League in Elche. La Roja were not at their best at the recent World Cup, suffering elimination at the round of 16 stage at the hands of hosts Russia, but have started this continental competition in encouraging fashion with a 2-1 win away to England.
Croatia, by way of comparison made history at the World Cup, reaching their first ever final, although they eventually lost out 4-2 to France in a hugely entertaining affair. Their most recent outing was a 1-1 friendly draw away to Portugal and, although the Croats did not look at their best, they have more than enough technical quality in midfield and attack to hurt Spain on their own turf.
Nevertheless, it is Spain who come into the match as the red-hotfavourites to win their second match in a row in the UEFA Nations League. La Roja are at just 1.72 to take the points, with visitors Croatia out at 5.50 to open their account with an away win – a comfortable, 2-0 win for the home side is priced at 7.50.
Iceland desperate for morale boost and three points
And finally, Iceland are desperate for an upturn in fortunes following a disastrous start to the UEFA Nations League. The minnows were thrashed 6-0 by Switzerland in their curtain raiser and are now staring relegation to League B firmly in the face.
Belgium, by way of comparison, are riding a wave of euphoria having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, eliminating favourites Brazil along the way. Last time out they comprehensively dispatched Scotland 4-1 in their own back yard and a similar score line here is by no means an improbability.
For it is Belgium who are the overwhelming favourites to open their account with a win, and indeed are priced at just 1.33 to do so. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the task facing Iceland, they are at 11.00 to win in front of their own fans, with a draw priced at half that price at 5.50.
This should be a relative stroll for the Red Devils, however. A comfortable, 3-1 win for Belgium is priced at 12.00, offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment – you could also more than double your money by backing both teams to score at 2.10, while over 2.5 goals in the game comes in at 1.85.
UEFA Nations League fixtures:
Tuesday, 11 September
(2.55) Bosnia x Austria (3.00); draw (3.30)
(1.61) Finland x Estonia (7.00); draw (3.75)
(2.87) Hungary x Greece (2.87); draw (3.00)
(11.00) Iceland x Belgium (1.33); draw (5.50)
(4.33) Moldova x Belarus (1.95); draw (3.50)
(21.00) San Marino x Luxembourg (1.16); (8.50)
(1.72) Spain x Croatia (5.50); draw (3.80)