The latest round of UEFA Nations League fixtures is here – and we’ve got a tasty four-fold for punters to get stuck into.
Unfortunately, our accumulator opens with an England defeat at the hands of Spain; not the ideal result for Gareth Southgate’s side after drawing against Croatia in Rijeka on Friday evening.
Spain can make it three wins from three Nations League fixtures on Monday night and they may prove too strong for the Three Lions in that encounter. Without further ado, here’s our 13/1 four-fold ahead of this week’s international fixtures…
SPAIN vs England
With six points from their opening two Nations League fixtures, Spain are sitting pretty at the top of Group A4. Luis Enrique’s side were ruthless against Wales in their friendly clash on Thursday night, putting four goals past Ryan Giggs’ men in Cardiff.
Spain have now scored 10 goals in their last two encounters – they put six past World Cup finalists Croatia in their opening Nations League contest. Punters should take the 3/4 on offer for over 1.5 home goals on Monday night.
England's midfield trio of Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson & Ross Barkley vs Croatia's midfield trio of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic & Ivan Rakitic.— 888sport (@888sport) October 12, 2018
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For England, this is about building momentum. The Three Lions were arguably the better side on Friday night in Rijeka and Southgate will be demanding more of the same. This one could be an entertaining watch if England go for the jugular.
TIP: Over 1.5 Spain goals @ 3/4
PREDICTED SCORE: Spain 2-0 England (Priced at 13/2 with 888sport)
FRANCE vs Germany
The 2018 World Cup champions battled from two goals down to draw with Iceland on Thursday night; France were lucky to avoid defeat in that clash. Didier Deschamps may wring the changes ahead of Tuesday’s encounter in Paris.
Expect a much-improved performance from France against Germany. Les Bleus will want to send out a statement of intent after the disappointment of Thursday evening – and that brings the 8/11 for two or more home goals into play.
Joachim Low is a man under pressure and Germany’s 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday will do the 58-year-old no favours whatsoever. Another embarrassing loss could signal the end of his tenure as Germany head coach.
TIP: Over 1.5 France goals @ 8/11
PREDICTED SCORE: France 2-1 Germany (Priced at 15/2 with 888sport)
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND vs WALES
Ireland were second best for large parts against Denmark on Saturday evening and Martin O’Neill will be demanding an improved effort from his side. They haven’t had much time to prepare for Wales and backing a home win may be unwise.
Gareth Bale will miss Wales’ trip to Dublin and the Real Madrid man will be sorely missed on Tuesday night. Giggs had hoped that Bale would pass a late fitness test but the 29-year-old will not feature; making this one rather difficult to predict.
Opting for both teams to score at a very appealing 23/20 might be the way to go. Wales were second best against Spain but managed to get on the scoresheet whilst Ireland will fancy their chances on home soil – this could be surprisingly exciting.
TIP: Both teams to score @ 23/20
PREDICTED SCORE: Ireland 1-1 Wales (Priced at 5/1 with 888sport)
UKRAINE vs CZECH REPUBLIC
Ukraine snatched a positive result away at Italy on Wednesday evening in a friendly match and the hosts will be hoping to build on that draw here. After winning both Nations League fixtures so far this year, a third win will put Ukraine firmly in control of Group B1.
In a surprising turn of events, the Czech Republic claimed a 2-1 win away at Slovakia at the weekend – a massive result for the visitors. Despite being outplayed for most of the night, the Czech Republic hung in there and scored when it mattered most of all.
The selection landed in the last meeting between these two sides in September and 57/50 is a solid price for a goal at both ends of the pitch. This might not be the most exciting match for neutrals but goals do look likely.
TIP: Both teams to score @ 57/50
PREDICTED SCORE: Ukraine 2-1 Czech Republic (Priced at 15/2 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*