Just the two Nations League games on Sunday as bottom of League B3 Northern Ireland take on Austria while England welcome Croatia in a must win game for Southgate’s team in League A4. Our traders enhanced acca for Sunday is for both Austria and England to get the result and don’t forget if you are looking for more value then we have more enhanced odds available for the games.
Northern Ireland v Austria
At first glance, Austria aren’t in the best of form as they’re W2-D1-L3 over their last six fixtures. However, the defeats came against Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark – all of whom are more talented outfits than Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland. Indeed, the Danes can count on the magic of talisman Christian Eriksen, while Bosnia have their own danger man in Edin Dzeko and have found Group B3 a walk in the park as they sit comfortably as winners with 10 points. Exclude games against those three teams and Austria have actually won their last nine matches dating back to October 2017, including victories over Uruguay, Germany, Sweden, Serbia, Russia and Northern Ireland themselves in the reverse fixture.
Northern Ireland are just W2-D3-L7 since October last year with those two victories coming over a South Korea side that demonstrated what a poor outfit they are at the World Cup, as well as an Israel team that are roughly on Scotland’s level as those two are paired in Group C1. The hosts have really struggled for output in the final third, with their goalless stalemate against the Rep. of Ireland on Thursday the eighth time in 11 outings where they’ve drawn a blank. With that in mind, it should only take one goal for the Austrians to take maximum points, and they don’t have to worry about being particularly cautious either as their opponents can’t catch them and are already firmly relegated.
England v Croatia
Croatia stunned Spain in Zagreb to set up a winner takes all clash, but they face a tough task at Wembley where England are typically strong. The Three Lions are W21-D4-L2 over their 27 matches on home turf since the start of 2014, with the two defeats both finishing 2-1 – against the Netherlands in a friendly just over two and a half years ago, and to Spain in their UEFA Nations League opener where Danny Welbeck saw a late strike unfairly chalked off. The four stalemates also came against quality opposition (Spain, Germany, Brazil and Italy), while England actually kept clean sheets in 17 of those 27 games overall and in 15 of the 21 wins.
That great defensive record should worry the visitors as they failed to register a goal in their opening two UEFA Nations League matches, even if they have since netted five times in two games. A 2-1 win over Jordan in Rijeka is hardly something to brag about however, while of the three goals scored against Spain, one was an absolute gift while the other two came from an unlikely source in stand-in left-back Tin Jedvaj. They’ve certainly missed Juve marksman Mario Mandzukic spearheading their attack, and having drawn a blank in five of their last eight on their travels, should find an energetic and fearless England too hot to handle.
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