October 12, 2018

UEFA Nations League Match Previews – 13th October

Netherlands v Germany

After a heartbreaking ouster in the group stage matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Germany is trying to build up its lost pride and confidence. They will travel to Amsterdam for a face-off with rivals Netherlands. Furthermore, Netherlands is going through a bit of an identity crisis at the moment. Although they’ve never won the World Cup, they made it to the finals on no fewer than three occasions; however, they really struggled in recent years.  

They went through a series of different managers, failing to make it to the last two major international competitions. Losing two of their last ten games, it’s fair to say Netherlands is in a better shape now. Though they did go down on a defeat in their first UEFA Nations League last month against World Cup champions France, they bagged victories during scrimmages against Peru, Portugal, and Scotland.

The loss of Marco Reus is a detriment for German team; however, they have enough players in their squad to heat things up in their match against Netherlands. Die Mannschaft will surely be resolute in making up for their loss at the World Cup. With their possession-based style of play and ball-passing skills, Germany will try to break the defence of Netherlands. Manuel Neuer is under the sticks for Germany, along with Hummels and Van Dijk. Matthijs de Ligt should watch out for scored goals between these three.

Germany remains undefeated in their last six face-offs with Netherlands, but four of those are stalemates. In their last four away games, Germany won only once and the remaining fixtures ended in draws. Both teams scored in nine of their last 22 encounters throughout all competitions. Not many goals are expected to score on Saturday’s match.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 3.50 goals @ 1.497

Italy v Poland

Italy struggled in keeping their consistent form since the beginning of the 2018 campaign, and it seems their distresses carry on under manager Roberto Mancini too, having only one point to their name in the UEFA Nations League Group 3 after playing two matches. On Sunday, they will be looking to boost their tally as they take on Poland in another hard-hitting challenge for a Nations League fixture at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow. Italy has been held off by Poland in a 1-1 draw in early September, but eventually went on to suffer a 1-0 defeat against Portugal.

On the other hand, Poland faced a 1-1 draw with a rotated line-up against the Republic of Ireland during a scrimmage. Jerzy Brzeczek will want to take the positives from it. They haven’t really experienced a fruitful World Cup campaign but it seems like their team will have what it takes to come out victorious in this match. Italy has struggled early in the UEFA Nations League. Poland was able to snatch an important goal in Italy in September and will battle each other for the second time this season. Italy has conceded goals in all of their last seven matches throughout all competitions.

Whoever loses in this game will be eliminated, so fans should expect this match to be a thrilling one. Catch the face-off between these two nations on Sunday, October 14, 19:45 (UTC/GMT).

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 goals @ 1.850

Russia v Turkey

Russia displayed a very solid performance during their stint at the 2018 World Cup in front of their home supporters. They came into their September fixtures obviously very confident, overthrowing Turkey in a 1-2 win during their UEFA Nations League clash, and their 5-1 win in a friendly match against Czech Republic. On Sunday, they will once against host Turkey for their second face-off this season.

Russia is hoping to keep and add wins to their tally which could help them secure the top spot in the Group 2 fixtures. Russian football manager Stanislav Cherchesov’s squad have been in outstanding shape up front and will want to be consistent on their records, primarily led by Zenit’s Artem Dzyuba. Russia has a record of three wins and two draws in five head-to head duels so far this season.

On the other hand, Turkey bounced back from a home defeat against Russia, encountering a thrilling 2-3 face-off with Sweden in the former’s advantage with late goals coming from Emre Akbaba. However, they still have a lot to prove if they want to secure a place in the top spot. Turkey has poor records on the road and their victory at Sweden only concluded a six-match winning streak which can be at a disadvantage for this weekend’s match. It is quite worrying and makes it difficult to make a case for them to cause an upset against Russia.

Which of these two nations are going to come out victorious on Sunday? Don’t miss the heated match between Russia and Turkey as they face each other once again on October 14 at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, 17:00 (UTC/GMT).

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 2.020

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

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