UEFA Nations League Offers Value in Friday Matches

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 2:53 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 2:53 PM UTC

Belgium, England and Croatia are among the big teams in action in the UEFA Nations League on Friday, and there is plenty of value for bettors to grab. Let's find some winning wagers.

<h2 style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/xW_kt50UaVY", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/" title="Soccer Betting Forum">UEFA Nations League: Friday's Matches</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Belgium vs. Switzerland</h2><p>World Cup semifinalist Belgium looks well-priced to beat a dogged but limited Swiss team in Brussels. Eden Hazard and company lit up the summer showpiece tournament with their attacking brilliance, but eventually lost to eventual champion France in the semifinals. Time is now running out for this golden generation of Belgians to secure silverware, and the UEFA Nations League might give them that consolation prize. Hazard has started the Premiership season in blistering form for Chelsea, and Romelu Lukaku is always a handful up front. Kevin De Bruyne is out with an injury, and Roberto Martinez has used this international break to call up several new faces and give youth a chance.</p><p>It is worth mentioning that Switzerland is ranked eighth in the world by FIFA, and they have some decent players, but they lack the star quality that Martinez can call upon. They crashed out of the World Cup at the hands of Sweden in the round of 16, and although they thrashed Iceland in their UEFA Nations League opener, they then lost to England last time out. Belgium is now joint top of the world rankings along with France, and they should gain a home win here. Belgium "to win" and "under" 4.5 goals looks great with <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/best-sportsbooks/" title="Best Sportsbooks">various sportsbooks</a>, as Switzerland is reasonably solid at the back and is unlikely to be hammered here.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Croatia vs. England</h2><p>This is a repeat of the other World Cup semifinal, which saw Croatia gain a 2-1 victory over England thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time strike. The Croats lost to France in the final, but they went home as heroes after punching well above their weight. Star midfielder Luka Modric has just been crowned FIFA’s best player in the world, while Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic continue to go from strength to strength at Juventus and Barcelona, respectively. But England has an exciting young team now, with several Manchester City and Liverpool players benefiting from the expert tutelage of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">They have the quality to go to Croatia and get a result</a>, and there seems little to separate these two sides at present.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🆚 🇭🇷 Who will come out on top this week?&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;4⃣ England wins &lt;br /&gt;3⃣ Croatia wins &lt;br /&gt;1⃣ Draw&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Flash 🔙 to THIS EURO 2004 game ⏪&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/NationsLeague?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#NationsLeague&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/England?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@england&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/HNS_CFF?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@HNS_CFF&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/OQg1mwhCD9\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/OQg1mwhCD9&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/UEFAEURO/status/1049610288205586433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 9, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The "draw" looks really attractive at odds of +220 with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>. Another option is "both teams to score" at -125 with Bet365 and various others, as there will be plenty of talented attackers on the pitch, including Harry Kane and Mandzukic.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Estonia vs. Finland</h2><p>These neighboring northern European countries appear to be going in opposite directions on the soccer pitch. Estonia has lost four games on the bounce and slumped to 98th in the FIFA rankings, while Finland is on a three-game winning streak and that has seen them climb up to 58th. Estonia has home advantage, but given the proximity of the two countries that might not count for too much in this game. Finland has not conceded a single goal in their last three games and that resolute defense could lead them to victory in this game, so the +115 on offer at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4531&amp;book= William Hill" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">William Hill</a> for an away win looks attractive.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Austria vs. Northern Ireland</h2><p>Austria is a decent team and they have secured some strong results of late, including victories over Germany and Sweden. But a 1-0 defeat to Bosnia &amp; Herzegovina last time out may have dented their confidence somewhat ahead of this game against a dogged Northern Ireland side. Michael O’Neill’s men are just four places below Austria in the world rankings, and they will be keen to give a strong account of themselves in this game. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/soccer/" title="Live Soccer Odds">Northern Ireland +1 Asian handicap</a> looks good at -110 with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>.</p>
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