The final round of group matches in the inaugural UEFA Nations League begins on Sunday with some huge matches on a card which should deliver plenty of entertainment as promotion and relegation begins to get decided.
The big clash comes in the top group where it is winner takes all at Wembley Stadium but there are a number of other important matches across a card which has three kick off times allowing us a good look at the action.
All eyes will be on Wembley in the early kick off when England take on Croatia in a repeat of the World Cup semi-final in A4. The winner of the match will get a path into the semi-finals while the loser will be relegated to the second tier so the stakes are high at a sold out London venue. The other match in Group A sees Switzerland hosting Belgium with the home side needing a big win to beat Belgium to top spot.
There is just the one match in Group B on Sunday and it comes from Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Austria in a dead rubber. Both sides have disappointed in this campaign and as a result will not be getting promoted. Northern Ireland know they will be relegated but they will be looking for a positive showing to take into Euro2020 qualifying with them.
The last two matches in Group C2 will be played out on Sunday evening but Finland already know they will be promoted. They can have a victory lap when they head to Hungary for their final match while the other game in the group sees Greece playing host to Estonia with not a lot on it other than form for the qualifiers next year.
Belarus will be looking guarantee promotion and a spot in the final play-offs in Euro2020 qualifying on Sunday night when they make the trip to San Marino needing only a point to secure top spot. In the amazing event that they are beaten Luxembourg can still top the group if they can find the win in Moldova in the other game.
I like two bets over the course of the day on Sunday. At Wembley, I think England can get the better of Croatia. Croatia beat England in the World Cup semi-final in the summer but things have changed since then. England have kicked on and without doubt have improved while Croatia have lost some big players and look to be on the downturn despite their win over Spain on Thursday. That win against Spain might go against them here because they had to be lights out right until the end while England had a stroll against the USA in a match where a number of their attacking stars never saw the football pitch. The occasion is massive here but I expect England’s exciting youngsters to rise to it and secure the win and the semi-final spot.
Throughout this tournament I’ve been keen on Luxembourg and I’m not going to desert them in their final match. I’m a little lost as to why they are such huge outsiders in this match given that they won the reverse meeting between the two 4-0 earlier in the campaign. Moldova could only beat San Marino 1-0 on Thursday night which doesn’t inspire massive confidence neither does the fact they haven’t scored in 11 of their last 12 matches aside from their games with San Marino. Luxembourg have goals in them and still have a chance to get promoted. I think they can get the win they need to keep their faint hopes alive.
WON – Back England to beat Croatia for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Boylesports
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HALF WON – Back Luxembourg (+0.25AH) to beat Moldova for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with BetVictor