The UEFA Nations League Brings Top European Teams into the Spotlight on SaturdayPublished November 14, 2020 by Florin P
Saturday night belongs to European national teams playing in the UEFA Nations League for a chance to qualify to the playoffs.
The UEFA Nations League Group 3 and 4 winners are likely to be decided on Saturday, when the eight teams involved are scheduled to play. All the matches take place at 7:45 PM UK time, with Spain and Germany being the front runners in Group 4. France and Portugal have already qualified for the next stage and the winner of the direct match will lock in on the top spot in Group 3.
Germany and Ukraine Fight for the Second Place
Germany is the only undefeated team in Group 4, but it still trails Spain by one point after finishing three games inconclusive. They are well-positioned to pick up all three points in the match against Ukraine, a team they defeated one month ago by the odd goal. Having home pitch advantage will further increase the odds of winning, with bet365 Sports pricing a German win at 3/10. Ukraine have already played against Spain twice, so they would gladly settle for a draw, but will aim for a victory valued at 8/1.
Last Chance for Switzerland vs Spain
Spain has just one more obstacles to overcome to win Group 4 and it could wrap things up with a victory on the road over Switzerland. The hosts have only theoretical chances to advance after earning just two points in four games and they are not expected to prevail on Saturday night. Odds of 29/10 offered by bet365 Sports on a home win highlight the difference in quality between the two teams, but the Swiss shouldn’t be underestimated. They lost by a single goal in Spain and now are valued at 9/10 to win.
Portugal and France Chase Group 3 Top Spot
The most anticipated match of the day is played in Group 3, where Portugal and France compete for the pole position. They are tied for the lead with 10 points each and regardless of outcome both will advance to the next stage of the competition. The first match ended undecided and another draw would in theory benefit France which has home pitch advantage in the last round. The Portuguese are the slight favorites at 3/2, while 888 Sport offers odds of 2/1 on the reigning European and world champions to prevail.
Croatia and Sweden Play for Pride
Sweden and Croatia are out of the qualification picture after underperforming in the first four games played so far. Sweden was unable to pick up a single point in the group stage and will throw everything it’s got at the Croatians tonight. They have nothing to lose, but the same applies to the visitors who travel to Sweden knowing that they only play for pride. 888 Sport finds this game too close to call, as reflected by the identical odds of 17/10 offered on each team to emerge victorious.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Tuesday, November 10 at 4 pm UK time.