UEFA Nations League Odds21/05/2019
Last summer hit an all-time peak for England fans.
The sun was blaring, the country’s spirits were uplifted and the national team had just made the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Modern day England fans had known nothing but disappointment and misery, all until Gareth Southgate put on that notorious waistcoat.
They may have fallen at the final hurdle, but the Three Lions have carried forward their positive momentum and now found themselves in the Nations League semi-finals because of it. At 2/1 to win the competition, they will certainly be a popular bet with some fellow, patriotic punters.
What is the Nations League?
Established in 2018, the Nations League is a UEFA international football tournament consisting of 55 countries.
Last September, four leagues were set up with four individual groups in each. Every group was compromised of either three or four nations, all of whom played each other home and away. Teams were promoted and relegated from the leagues, depending on where they finished in their respective groups.
The four top teams from League A subsequently progressed through to the semi-finals.
When and Where are the Nations League Semi-Finals?
Taking place on the 5th of June, Portugal face Switzerland at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto. On the 6th, England play Netherlands at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes.
The final is then scheduled in for the 9th of June, with the third-place play-off also featuring on the same day.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. the Favourites – 15/8
The current favourites amongst the Nations League odds are Portugal. Fernando Santos’s team haven’t been defeated since June 2018 and the Navigators certainly have a robust, yet dangerous look to their side.
Boasting Premier League talents like Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves and Raul Jiminez, Portugal possess a hard-working squad that also know how to take their chances in the final third. Their team excels in pressing their opposition and they enjoy keeping hold of the ball against ‘lesser’ opponents. They certainly have a range of tools at their disposal, with the bookies acknowledging this point through their betting odds.
Inevitably, the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo has also played a part in Portugal’s label as the favourites. The Portuguese star has had a productive debut season in Italy, scoring 28 goals in all competitions. With 6 in his last 9 in Portugal colours too, expect the captain to have an influential part to play this summer.
At 15/8, the Navigators may be the favourites, but there is some value in them too. They are a difficult team to overcome (lost just 1 of their last 15) and the eventual victors of this competition will need some defensive resilience on their route to the final.
Three Lions Roaring Strong – 2/1
It may have been eventual heartbreak in Russia last summer, but it was a pivotal learning experience for England’s young and daring side. Despite this, not many gave the Three Lions are chance in the Nations League, given the fact that they were drawn against Spain and World Cup finalists Croatia.
They defied the odds yet again though, losing just one game before nicking their semi-final spot courtesy of a Harry Kane winner in the 85th minute. Fans will certainly be hoping to see the captain feature in the tournament this June, as he continues to come back from another ankle injury.
During their route to the semi-finals, England continued to operate in a fluid and expansive manner. Playing out from the back, Southgate instructs his team to keep hold of the ball and create openings through their attacking movement in the final third. With 18 goals in their last 5 games, it is clearly a system that plays to England’s offensive powers.
There is a sense of fearlessness in Southgate’s side, who will arrive in Portugal confident of winning the trophy. The squad, which is compromised of all Premier League players, has enough depth and quality to go all the way.
Netherlands With an Outside Chance – 3/1
Similarly to England, the Netherlands also defied the Nations League odds to finish top of their group. They defeated the two latest World Cup winners in Germany and France, eventually progressing through via goal difference.
Their strengths certainly lie with their defensive spine, with the commanding figures of Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk leading the backline. Ahead of Frenkie de Jong in the middle of the park is the energetic Georginio Wijnaldum, whilst the pacey frontmen of Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn are left to remain havoc up top.
Since Ronald Koeman arrived last year, the Flying Dutchmen haven’t been soaring, but their ship has definitely been stabilised. On their home turf, Holland play comfortably and retain possession with their midfield three easily. On the road however, they do have a tendency to leak goals, specifically in-behind their fullbacks.
At 3/1, the Netherlands are considered as outsiders to prevail this July, but they do have the potential to beat anybody on their day. Their 3-0 and 2-0 victories over Germany and France will have had Southgate taking notes.
Switzerland the Rank Outsiders – 11/2
It wouldn’t be a cup competition without a potential underdog story. Switzerland are the surprise package of this year’s Nations League semi-finals, after they defeated both Belgium and Iceland to qualify from Group 2.
The main surprise from their group campaign lies with their 14 goals scored, with the majority of their tally coming in their two home wins – a 6-0 thrashing over Iceland and a shock 5-2 victory against Belgium. Haris Seferovic and Xherdan Shaqiri are the two main dangermen, with the former finishing the season with 27 goals in Benfica colours.
Switzerland have also made an encouraging start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, comfortably defeating Georgia 2-0, before drawing 3-3 to Denmark at home. The latter result was a tad disappointing given the circumstances, but the scoreline still highlights the attacking threat that Vladimir Petkovic has at his disposal.
Inevitably though, Switzerland do find themselves as the rank outsiders amongst the Nations League odds. However, they shouldn’t be seen as easy pushovers and they will give Portugal a run for their money. Their squad is experienced and they have enough quality to hurt the Navigators, so those who like an underdog punt may be swaying towards the Swiss’ chances.
Nations League Betting With Betfred
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Picking a winner for the Nations League will be a popular punt with bettors, particularly as there are only four teams left in the competition. Alongside this market, you can also pick a winner from each semi-final and find many more outcomes with Betfred too.Back