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UEFA Nations league – Monday Edition

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Match Previews

Over the weekend we saw some very interesting fixtures in the ongoing UEFA nation’s league competition. It’s a new week and there are great fixtures on this very interesting Monday edition.

Estonia – Hungary

The host had their dreams cut short on Friday as they lost to Finland in their own backyard in a very tight encounter. Finland left it really late with no time for the Estonia to reply.The home side did show a really impressive side of their football, matching their opponents in every department of the pitch. Despite such a display, they lack the attacking prowess to trouble their host and will definitely be relegated when this round of fixtures come to an end.
Hungary just like their host haven’t been in very great form but they did win against Greece at home. In that game they sat deep in their half depending mainly on the counter attack which eventually paid off. They will be looking to overturn their poor form when they come up against Estonia. This match is very important to both sides.

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Under 1.5 goals in 1st half

Luxembourg – San Marino

Luxembourg are nothing close to the best sides in this competition but most of their players are professional footballers when in comparison to the San Marino team. In their group, they are ranked second highest after losing narrowly to Belarus in their last encounter by a lone goal.
The away outfit lost to Belarus and Luxembourg by 5-0 and 3-0 consecutively in their first two games.in their away games they have been very poor and this should be an exception.

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1/1 (halftime/full-time)

Belarus–Moldova

Against Luxembourg the host were the slightly better side of both teams.A lone goal was the difference as both team looked almost equal on all ratings. Still on their unbeaten run in the nation’s league, they are very much on course for a finish at the top.
Moldova have generally done just OK, after their shock defeat in Luxembourg. They have been able to raise their heads back up after that embarrassing display. In front of home crowd they kept the home alive as the beat San Marino by 2 goals. The atmosphere in the San Marino camp have definitely improved and they will be looking to provide a stiff test here.

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Home win or draw under 3.5 goals

Finland – Greece

They host are the only team who still stand unbeaten in group 2 winning each of their last three matches. All three wins have recorded a low scoring affair of just 1 goal. And in front of home fans, they would be looking to get another 3 points. Finland have been quite impressive this year with only one loss in seven games and now on a four game winning run.
Greece already have a loss to their name, losing to Hungary in their second match. They come to this fixture fresh on the back of a win against Estonia where they did dominate proceedings. The visitors haven’t won consecutively since October 2016 and they now come up against a side on an unbeaten run in 4 games. I don’t see this game going their way.

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Home win or draw under 3.5 goals

Iceland – Switzerland

The host ending their losing streak as they held France world champions to a 2 all draw on Thursday. The host a almost running through the year without a victory. After qualifying for the world cup they have been on a poor run of form which also saw them get eliminated. They just might get relegated in this League.
Even though the Swiss lost their last clash, they did lose to a very good Belgium side by 2 goals to 1. They need to win their last two matches to have any hopes of finishing top. Winning this game would see them relegate Iceland. The last clash with Iceland saw them defeat their host on a 6-0 score line. That wasn’t the typical way the Swiss play but with the host now on 10 games without a win, the Swiss should be able to repeat the feat.

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Switzerlandto win either half

Spain – England

The visitors were unable to break down a resilient Croatian side as they played out a 0-0 draw. And that’s not in any way a good result for them. The group looks so dynamic at this very point in time. After such an impressive run at the world cup, the visitors were looking to build on that but have clearly failed to do so. They face relegation from the top tier of the nation’s league.
Spain are having a fairy tale trip back to the top of European football after a very disappointing world cup outing. Luis Enrique seems to have had a very impressive impact on the side, as they have scored eight goals in wins over England and Croatia just last month. They also made a trip to the UK where they defeated wales by 4 goals to 1. Spain should be able to take all three points here.

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Home win or draw over 1.5 goals

Bosnia Herzegovina – Northern Ireland

The host ran away with six points last month with a win Belfast last month. After which they defeated Austria, those victories see them leading the pack at the moment. And another win here would surely set them on the path for a play off spot for the euro 2020. This would also give them a great chance to feature at the tournament proper. They missed out of the Euro 2016 to the republic of Ireland, and taking a revenge on their neighbors here could be the start point for greater things to come.
Northern Ireland are in a very difficult situation as they have now been cemented to the bottom of the group. They are six points adrift of group leaders Bosnia. All their hopes rest in the qualifiers now and they would be looking to repeat their past records of finishing in the top 2 in the last two campaigns.They are set to be relegated but will they be relegated with a defeat?

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Home win

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