The UEFA Nations League returns on Thursday with some big games and plenty of betting value. In our traders enhanced acca League A4 leaders Spain travel to Croatia who are still looking for their first win, in League C2 we have Greece to get the result at home to unbeaten Finland and in League A2 the traders have gone for Belgium to get the win against Iceland. Check out the preview and take advantage of the enhanced acca below.
Croatia v Spain
Luis Enrique has his first taste of defeat as the national teams’ manger, but England’s first half onslaught is unlikely to be repeated by a Croatia side whose standards have slipped since the World Cup. They always faced a tough challenge to replicate such positive results after some crucial retirements, with Mario Mandzukic a particularly big loss up front. Indeed, the target man has been demonstrating his big game mentality with goals against the likes of Napoli, Milan and Lazio domestically this season for Juve.
Even before some players understandably chose to go out on a high, Croatia’s run to the final in Russia was as soft as you could possibly hope for. They were utterly demolished by France when they finally encountered a top team in form and could have shipped more than the four they did. Meanwhile, Spain inflicted a 6-0 humiliation in the reverse fixture in their opening UEFA Nations League fixture. La Roja have no choice but to aim for the win, as anything other than maximum points will leave the door open for England to steal a spot in the inaugural showpiece event next summer. Even should the return of Dejan Lovren help tighten things out at the back, Spain can be expected to break them down eventually.
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Greece v Finland
Finland are sitting pretty in Group C2 after taking maximum points from their four games to date, showing remarkable consistency as they’ve kept a clean sheet in each of their wins. However, with three of these finishing 1-0, they’re not exactly massive scorers either as they’ve ridden their luck a little at times. Indeed, they practically parked the bus after taking the lead in the 7th and 12th minutes hosting Hungary and Estonia respectively, while their sole away trip saw them complete a smash and grab raid against the latter at the death.
Angelos Anastasiadis has replaced Michael Skibbe at the helm for the Greeks, alleviating some fears that this might be yet another dull encounter after their last eight encounters produced just 11 goals in total. Indeed, the hosts need to win this clash by at least three goals to stand any chance of topping the group, while they’d also need Finland to lose their last game. Even though they’re unlikely to win by the required margin, a change in emphasis under new management should see them be more proactive on home turf. With that in mind, we think the Finland’s weaknesses will finally be exposed in this encounter.
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Belgium v Iceland
Roberto Martinez may or may not be in the running for the Real Madrid job, but his Red Devils have won both their UEFA Nations League matches so far and should have little problem overcoming Iceland in Brussels. They won the reverse fixture 3-0 without moving into second gear, while the Swiss battered Erik Hamren’s side 6-0 when they visited St. Gallen. There’s no question Belgium possess the tools to take them to the slaughter, while they’ll be keen to secure all three points to make sure there’s no room for disaster when tussling with Switzerland on Sunday.
Iceland have actually lost eight of 11 winless matches now, conceding at least twice in 10 of these games and three times or more in five. To make matters worse, star player and talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to miss this clash due to an ankle injury. He has six goals in 13 appearances for Everton across all competitions so far this season, but even had the midfielder been available, it would likely have been in vain as he played the full 90 minutes in each of their three defeats in Group A2 anyway.
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