Nations League Football Tips: 11th & 12th October
We had a disappointing weekend with the tips last time out, after posting two nice profits in a row, last weekend was a washout.
Lets hope to turn things around in the international break.
The action starts in midweek with the first leg of the Euro 2020 play-off games taking place and then this is followed by two rounds of Nations League action, the first on Saturday & Sunday, the second on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We are focusing on the Nations League action for Saturday and Sunday in this selection of tips and we will bring you one in midweek next week for the Tuesday/Wednesday games too.
In truth, given the freakish nature of some Premier League results over the last fortnight or so, perhaps having an international break was not such a bad thing.
Let’s hope this weekend goes a bit more to form and we can bank a profit once again with these tips for Saturday and Sunday’s Nation League action.
Nations League Tips: Saturday 11th October
It has been a pretty tepid start to their Nations League campaign once again for Germany. They didn’t cover themselves with glory in the first running of the tournament and after two draws in their opening two games, they badly need a win here against the Ukraine.
The Ukranians may have beaten Switzerland in their opening game but they were well beaten by a talented Spain team the last time out and if Germany can play to their best, then they should get the job done here.
What worries me with Germany at the moment is their propensity to concede goals and I think the Ukrainian team has more than enough attacking talent to cause what will be a relatively young Germany defence problems and perhaps they can score a goal in the game.
However, in terms of attack, Germany have some stellar talents even with the likes of Reus and Sane missing through injury or fitness issues. As such, I think this is the game the Germans kick start their Nations League campaign and pick up a crucial three points.
Nations League Betting Tips: Sunday 11th October
Back in 2018, Wales thumped Ireland 4-1 in Cardiff, before they went to Dublin a month later and emerged with a 1-0 win from their first Nations League campaign and the teams now meet again in the same competition two years later.
Of the two, Wales are the team in better form but Ryan Giggs men will be without their talismanic front-man Gareth Bale, who is still not fully fit after his loan move from Real Madrid back to Tottenham. Ireland meanwhile have struggled for form and goals in recent games, scoring just one in their last two Nations League games and losing the last 1-0 at home to Finland.
The Welsh will be confident that if Finland can get a result here then they can too, but I think with this being competed by players mainly based in the UK and Ireland, that the game will be a lot more physical and less like a traditional international game and I think that gives Ireland a chance of something here.
As such, I am backing this one to be a closely fought draw and seeing as I can’t decide whether 0-0 or 1-1 is the most likely outcome, I am backing just the draw to keep my options open.
After a 0-0 draw with Denmark last time out, England head into this game with Belgium knowing that a win is really a must if they are to have any chance of topping the group. With a game in Brussels to come against Belgium after this, plus home games with Iceland and Denmark, England need to win all their home games to stand a realistic chance of progressing from the group.
Against the world number 1 ranked team Belgium though that looks a tough ask. Bedecked with an array of talented stars from around the world of football, Belgium are in a fantastic run of form and while England laboured to a win and a draw in their opening two games, Belgium ran out comfortable winners against the same opponents in both.
The Belgians have also got the better of England in their most recent high profile games, winning both times the teams met at the 2018 World Cup, once in the group stage and once in the 3rd place playoff game to prove to be something of an irritation for Gareth Southgate and his team.
The game may be at Wembley but I feel the lack of fans will be more of a hindrance to England and while I do see the 3 Lions scoring, I fancy Belgium to come away with the win.
The two unbeaten teams in Group 3 of League A clash in what will likely be a crucial game in deciding who comes out on top of the group. Portugal lead the group at the moment by virtue of a better goal difference than France, but they will know that this game will likely be the toughest of all matches they face in this stage of the tournament.
Likewise France will be aware that whoever does best in the two games between these teams will likely top the group and it is no surprise to see Didier Deschamps name a very strong squad for this game, which once again includes divisive Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Portugal though can rely on the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 101 international goals so far in his career and who will be the player most likely to find the net for the visitors here. Wolves Daniel Podence is one of three players in the Portugal squad without a cap heading into this game.
Both these sides are well-matched, and it is hard to pick a winner. I was tempted by the draw, but I think France know this is a must-win game in the group and as such, I am backing them to come out on top perhaps by a 2-1 scoreline.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.