Old Foes Meet Once Again in Weekend Full of Sporting Action11/10/2018
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the sporting world, history always has the chance to repeat itself. The upcoming weekend is treating sports fans to some mouth-watering spectacles, where old foes meet once again.
England will be in quest of vengeance, when they take on Croatia in the UEFA Nations League, seeing a repeat of last July’s World Cup semi-final. Footballing fanatics will be eager to see the return of the competition, which continues to effectively fill the void left by their clubs during the international break.
Also on the hunt for revenge, this weekend will be Warrington Wolves, when they face Wigan Warriors in the highly-anticipated Super League Final on Saturday. Held at Old Trafford, the final will be watched by 75,000 spectators, who will be eager to see their respected side get their hands on the illustrious trophy. The two clubs faced each other in the 2016 final, which saw the Pie Eaters come out on top after a thrilling comeback. Who will be hungrier for success this time around?
Super League Final 2018
Alongside the bundle of footballing action, sports fans and affiliates are also being treated with the Super League final this Saturday, when Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves will battle it out to get their hands on the trophy. The upcoming fixture is a repeat of the 2016 final, where the Wolves will be seeking revenge as they continue the hunt for their first ever Super League Final win.
Having won the final four times in their history and an impressive three times over the last eight years, it is of no surprise to see the Warriors lead the Super League Final odds by a healthy distance. Shaun Wane and his side have been in this position before, a crucial factor when the stakes are this high. Rugby betting continues to be a popular market with sports fans and our affiliates will be promoting offers that are certainly worth a tackle.
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The UEFA Nations League is Back
Here at ActiveWins, we don’t buy into the myth of the ‘dreaded’ international break. An influencing factor behind this mentality is, of course, down to the introduction of the UEFA Nations League, which debuted last September. Designed to up the antics of international fixtures, the competition has scraped the flat feel of friendlies during the break and ActiveWins are big fans of the tournament.
Formatted based on performance, 55 nations were dived across the Leagues, A, B, C and D, with A being the highest division. Each league holds four separate groups, with teams playing home and away fixtures against their opposing nations. With a trophy and European Championship qualifying spaces up for grabs, there is certainly plenty to play for.
Alongside the fresh and competitive feel of the Leagues, fans have also been granted some tasty looking fixtures, with the groups lining up some heavyweight clashes. This weekend will see Ronald Koeman’s rejuvenated Dutch side take on Joachim Low’s Germany, who are still eager to repair damages from their World Cup disaster. Other highlights consist of Belgium vs Switzerland, the Republic of Ireland vs Denmark and, of course, Croatia vs England.
Given the new stakes of the national fixtures, affiliates will need to ensure to offer enough betting markets to match the action on the field. The UEFA Nations League has shaped a more energetic buzz around the international break and has led to an increase of punters, creating big opportunities for affiliates outside of the football league schedule.
Southgate Keeps the Nation Roaring
Still high from their World Cup heroics, the tight bond between the English national team and fans has never been stronger during the 21st century.
After tying down Gareth Southgate until 2022, the FA have backed the Englishman’s fresh-faced philosophy with the national team, as he continues to promote some of the country’s finest youth products and encourage an attacking style of play on the field. Having been drawn against two strong opponents in Spain and World Cup runners-up Croatia, England were dubbed as outsiders to progress from the group and now face an uphill battle, following their 2-1 defeat to Luis Enrique’s possession-based side.
Up next for England is their highly-anticipated clash with Croatia, the first time either side will face each other since the World Cup semi-final back in July. Zlatko Dalic’s team crushed the hearts of the English last time out, after two late goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic sent Croatia through to the first major international final in their nation’s history.
Despite the tough mountain to climb, many fans are remaining optimistic about England’s chances and betters continue to back their home team. Currently standing at 9/2 to top the group, Southgate may need to bring the waistcoat back to reignite some form and belief in his England side.Back