November 14, 2018

UEFA Nations League Match Previews – 15th November Thursday

Croatia v Spain

The World Cup runners-up will surely be motivated to retaliate after the disappointing 6-0 defeat they suffered during the opening of the maiden UEFA Nations League campaign. The Spanish National Team were remarkably impressive on that evening, claiming six goals at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche. A win for Spain at the Stadion Maksimir would confirm them as the group winners and oust Croatia to relegation.

While Croatia enjoyed their best ever performance during the summer when they reached the final of the World Cup in Russia, it hasn’t been the best of times since then. They returned to action during a friendly draw with Portugal before being overthrown by Spain in a 6-0 fixture in a Nations League duel before being subjected to a home draw against England.

Meanwhile, Spain was able to manage a positive start in the UEFA Nations League Group A. They were able to come from behind to defeat England while they dominated Thursday’s competitors in a reverse fixture by a total of six goals on matchday two. Croatia won only one in their previous five games throughout the competition while Spain won three of theirs.

Spain manager Luis Enrique won’t be able to depend on the likes of Paco Alcacer, Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso here. However, Saul, Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco might just be the key for Spain to come out victorious. Iago Aspas also displayed a remarkably stunning performance during a recent fixture for Celta Vigo and he might possibly be a great threat to Croatia.

Despite reaching the final fixture in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Croatia now sits at the vey bottom of the group standings in the Nations League with one point from their two previous matches. This is their last opportunity to catch up with the rest of the teams before being eliminated.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 goals at 1.730

Belgium v Iceland

The Belgian team is probably one of the best in the world of football, and they will be seeking to reclaim a three-point cushion at the top of the Group 2 standings as they battle Iceland on Thursday at Stade Roi Baudouin for their Nations League clash. The Belgians will be hoping to keep up their 100% record while Iceland continues to struggle in the League A. A win for the Belgians will definitely boost their confidence coming into the final game of the group stage against Switzerland on Sunday.

The Belgians were able to reach the semifinals during the 2018 World Cup and defeated England in the third place play off. Their defeat to France during the final four stage was their only setback in 30 successive fixtures. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, Roberto Martinez’ side will surely be a team to watch out for.

Iceland, in particular, will not be looking forward in their head to head against Belgium following their 3-0 defeat in a reverse fixture in Reykvajik two months ago. Iceland have greatly struggled in the League especially after an embarrassing stint against Switzerland on matchday one. Iceland enjoyed a breakthrough in the football scene in recent years, but they are in an awful form since their performance at the 2018 World Cup. They have no wins in 11 of their previous matches, a streak that includes a poor World Cup campaign and losing five while drawing one in their last 6 league fixtures.

Meanwhile, Belgium played a stellar performance in both of their matches and they are by far stronger between the two sides. They are expected to overthrow Iceland for the second time this season.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.523

Netherlands v France

Netherlands are on their quest to rebuild their form after failing to feature in the World Cup last summer. Since failing to qualify for the World Cup, Netherlands are doing quite well at the moment despite missing out on two major competitions. They may have picked up several disappointing results, with a defeat to France being one of them, but they regained their confidence back when they delivered an improved performance and defeated 2014 World Champions Germany in a 3-0 triumph in the 2nd round of the Nations League last month.

As for France, the World Cup Champions have been consistent with their performances and continued where they left off in the World Cup. Even though their performances haven’t been overly impressive and they aren’t exactly astonishing the crowd with stellar performances like what they did in Russia, they did develop a habit of always doing enough to secure their victories. However, at the end of the day, France is still the World Cup Champions and the dominant force between the two, especially in the most recent duel against Netherlands.

France will be coming into the match will five back-to-back victories against Netherlands, including a 2-1 win in September when Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud netted goals for the French outfit. However, the setback at Stade de France was the only loss Netherlands have suffered in their previous seven games throughout the competitions. Both teams have strong attacking skills in their ranks, with Netherlands being quite a performer in the League A. If they can repeat the stunning performance they displayed against Germany on matchday two, Netherlands may be capable of coming out victorious in their match against the French.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 goals at 2.080

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

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