UEFA Nations League A – 10-11 October Preview

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The UEFA Nations League resumes this weekend with Europe’s elite countries looking to take one step closer to booking a place in the tournament finals, or avoid relegation from League A.

Group 1

Italy lead Group 1 after a home draw with Bosnia and an impressive 1-0 win in Amsterdam against the Netherlands in their opening two games. The Italians now travel to Poland on Sunday looking to maintain their advantage at the top of the group.

The Netherlands sit second after beating Poland 1-0 in their first game, before that defeat to Italy. The Dutch now face a tough trip to Bosnia hoping for the points to keep in touch with the leaders and stay above Poland. The Bosnian’s have picked up just one-point so far, but it was after an excellent 1-1 draw in Italy.

Group 2

England face Belgium at Wembley on Sunday in a repeat of the World Cup 3rd/4th place play-off from two years ago. Belgium lead Group 2 after a 2-0 win in Denmark and a comfortable 5-1 win against Iceland in Brussels.

England beat Iceland 1-0 in Reykjavik thanks to a late Raheem Sterling penalty but could only manage a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen against Denmark. They now face a tough test against the nation ranked number one in the world and are without several key members of their squad.

Elsewhere, Iceland welcome Denmark with both nations looking for their first win of the tournament.

Group 3

Portugal travel to Paris to meet France on Sunday with both nations hoping to protect a 100% start to their Nations League campaign. France picked up a 1-0 win in Sweden before beating Croatia 4-2 at home. Portugal thrashed the Croats 4-1 in Porto and then won 2-0 in Sweden to set up this fascinating game with the French.

Croatia and Sweden meet in Zagreb with both nations looking to pick up their first points. The hosts will have to tighten up defensively having conceded four goals in each of their opening two games, whilst Sweden are yet to score in this year’s tournament.

Group 4

Spain will be confident of maintaining their lead at the top of Group 4 when they welcome Switzerland to Madrid on Saturday. The Spanish drew their opening game 1-1 in Germany before beating Ukraine 4-0 at home.

Germany have drawn their opening two games 1-1 against Spain and in Switzerland, so will be desperate to win in the Ukraine on Saturday to have any chance of challenging for the top spot in the group.

Top scorers  

There are four players who are joint top scorers in this season’s Nations League with two goals, and Belgium have two of them in Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi. Spain’s Sergio Ramos has also found the net twice so far, as has Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

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