UEFA Nations League Preview: England Out For Revenge Against Croatia

Meanwhile, Belgium look to continue excellent recent form against Switzerland and Greece host Hungary

The UEFA Nations League is back and this coming Friday (12 October) sees some of the biggest teams on the Old Continent take to the pitch in this new tournament. England will be out to avenge their World Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Croatia, while Belgium welcome an out of sorts Switzerland side and Hungary head to Greece.

First things first

Before you go any further, head on over to the Oddsshark website, find your favourite betting side and get your own account up and running using your credit card. As a new customer and with the UEFA Nations League already under way, there should be a wide range of promotions and special offers available to you.

Where should I be investing my money?

First up, England head to Croatia looking for revenge from their World Cup semi-final clash in Russia earlier this summer. Croatia prevailed 2-1 on that occasion, making it to the final where they were beaten 4-2 by France.

Since that World Cup performance Croatia are yet to win, however. First came a 1-1 draw with Portugal before they were thrashed 6-0 by Spain, and they desperately need a positive result here.

England, by way of comparison, won their last match, a 1-0 win in a friendly match against Switzerland. They are still looking for their first points in the UEFA Nations League, however, having lost their opening match 2-1 against Spain, despite taking an early lead through Marcus Rashford.

And the betting is close in this one. You can more than double your money by backing home side Croatia to pick up the win at 2.65, while England are only slightly higher at 2.90 – a draw would look to be the least likely result, and is priced accordingly at 3.25, according to Oddsshark.

And we are expecting home side Croatia to get the better of England once again. A 2-1 win for the Croats is priced at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment, while you could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at a price of 2.30.

Belgium to continue run of form against Switzerland

Roberto Martinez and his Belgium side will be out to continue their excellent recent form when they host Switzerland. The Red Devils made it all the way to the semi-finals at the World Cup, beating favourites Brazil along the way, and have won an incredible 10 of their last 11 matches across all competitions.

Switzerland, meanwhile, are not faring so well, and have won just one of their last four matches, losing two. This is not exactly the ideal time for them to be facing a rampant Belgian outfit.

And unsurprisingly, Belgium are the overwhelming favourites to make it 11 wins from 12. You can back the Red Devils to pick up another victory at just 1.50, while Switzerland are all the way out at 7.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.60.

A comfortable, 2-0 win for Belgium comes in at 7.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$37.50 pay out. In addition, you could more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at a price of 2.30.

Greece out to avenge Hungary

And finally, Greece will be out for revenge against Hungary, having lost the corresponding fixture 2-1 last month. The last three matches between these two teams have resulted in a win for each team and a draw, and the pair look evenly matched, on paper at least.

However, over a longer period, Greece have won nine of 20 previous meetings, while Hungary have just five wins to their name. We should also expect goals, with both teams scoring in four of the last five matches, with those four games also providing over 2.5 goals per match.

And it is home side Greece who come in as the favourites to get their revenge, and are priced at just 1.75 to do so. Hungary, meanwhile, are out at 5.75 to make it two wins in a month against Greece, while a draw is priced in the middle at 3.60.

A 2-1 win for Greece this time comes in at 9.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$45 pay out. You could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game (2.37) and both teams to score (2.20).

UEFA Nations League fixtures:

Friday, 12 October

(1.55) Austria x Northern Ireland (7.50); draw (4.00)

(1.61) Belarus x Luxembourg (7.00); draw (3.80)

(1.50) Belgium x Switzerland (7.00); draw (4.60)

(2.65) Croatia x England (2.90); draw (3.25)

(3.90) Estonia x Finland (2.25); draw (3.10)

(1.75) Greece x Hungary (5.75); draw (3.60)

(1.083) Moldova x San Marino (34.00); draw (13.00)

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