Germany is One Team to Back in Saturday's UEFA Action

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:51 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 7:51 PM UTC

Netherlands vs. Germany is the standout fixture in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday, and a win on the visiting Germans looks attractive. Let's check out that match and others for your soccer picks.

<h2 style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Soccer Betting Forum">UEFA Nations League: Saturday's Matches</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Netherlands vs. Germany</h2><p>Germany went into the World Cup as defending champion and the favorite to retain their crown, but they suffered a brutal humbling. Defeats at the hands of Mexico and South Korea saw them crash out in the group stage with a whimper, and then a bitter period of acrimony began. They have lost playmaker Mesut Ozil and it is time for Joachim Low to rebuild his team. Fortunately he can call upon a wealth of exciting young players, including Leroy Sane, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Leroy Sane says he was gutted to have been left out of the Germany squad for the World Cup, but that it has motivated him to become a better player!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Champion mentality 💪 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Goal (@goal) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 10, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>They have a few stars missing with injury, but there is a strong enough blend of youth and experience for Germany to go to the Netherlands and <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">win this game</a>. The likes of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller can still provide a really strong spine for this German team and they will be keen to prove their worth. They drew their UEFA Nations League opener with world champion France, while Les Bleus then went on to beat the Netherlands. The Dutch have some decent players to call upon, but their glory days are well behind them and Germany’s superior quality should tell in this game. Betfair sportsbook has <a href="" title="Live Soccer Odds">23/20 on an away win</a> and that looks really tempting.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Slovakia vs. Czech Republic</h2><p>This is a huge game between two countries that were once united as Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic was left with twice as many residents as Slovakia after the split, and it has enjoyed better fortunes on the soccer pitch. However, nowadays Slovakia is up to 26th in the world, while the Czechs are down in 47th place. They suffered a 5-1 hammering away at Russia last time out, and lost their previous fixture 2-1 at home to Ukraine. They are no longer blessed with star talent like Tomas Rosicky and Pavel Nedved, while Petr Cech has retired. Slovakia does have a superstar in the form of playmaker Marek Hamsik, who plays for Napoli, and their form has been better. They lost 1-0 to Ukraine last time out, but in their previous home game they beat a strong Denmark side 3-0, and in the one before that they drew with the Netherlands. Slovakia is attracting a lot of bets at +120 with Unibet and +110 with <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>. "Both teams to score" also looks interesting at -125 with Bet Stars and -115 with Bet Victor, as both defenses have looked a little sloppy of late.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Norway vs. Slovenia</h2><p>A 1-0 defeat away at Bulgaria last time out brought Norway’s five-game winning streak crashing to a halt. But the Norwegians have been strong in front of their home fans of late, securing convincing wins over Australia, Panama and Cyprus. They should have little to fear from Slovenia, who have lost four of their last five games, including a 2-1 reverse in Cyprus last time out. Norway has the defensive strength and attacking flair to beat Slovenia, and the -142 at various <a href="" title="Best Sportsbooks">sportsbooks</a> on a home win looks great.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Bulgaria vs. Cyprus</h2><p>The Bulgarians have won three games on the bounce and they have opened a commanding lead at the top of Group 3 in League C of this competition. A 1-0 victory over Norway last time out should give them plenty of confidence heading into this game. Cyprus has lost their last three away trips -- at Norway, Jordan and Cyprus -- so that sort of form will not exactly strike fear into the hearts of the Belgians. Bulgaria is -200 with <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a> and -187 with <a href=";book= William Hill" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">William Hill</a> to win it, and Bulgaria-Norway could make a nice double. For more value on this game, Bulgaria to win and "under" 3.5 goals looks good at +100. No game featuring either side has gone "over" 3.5 goals in the last four rounds of fixtures.</p>
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