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Spain up next for Southgate’s England

Spain up next for Southgate’s England

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The Nations League continues from Sunday through to Tuesday and there are some huge clashes coming up across the next batch of fixtures, including Spain against England on Monday plus a true heavyweight showdown on Tuesday as world champions France take on Germany.

Sunday

Poland v Italy draw @ 43/20

Poland host Italy in the only League A match on Sunday in a key Group 3 battle, with the two sides level on one point after two games.

The pressure is already on Italy boss Roberto Mancini after just six games in charge as his side head to Poland without a win in their last five outings.

The Azzurri were held to a 1-1 draw in a friendly with Ukraine on Wednesday, while the Poles played their second Nations League match a day later as they went down 3-2 at home to Portugal in an entertaining affair in Chorzow.

The two sides played out a draw in Italy in their Nations League opener last month and we may well see another stalemate on Sunday evening, while a repeat 1-1 result pays out at 19/4.

Serbia to win @ 8/5

Serbia head to Romania in the afternoon in a top-of-the-table B4 match-up. Both sides are unbeaten after three games so far, with the Serbs on seven points and their hosts on five.

Romania are in good form – unbeaten since a friendly loss to the Netherlands in November last year – while the two sides played out a 2-2 draw in their first Nations League meeting in Belgrade.

This could be a tight battle but Serbia have the quality to edge it. They have been strong on their travels of late as they go to Bucharest seeking to extend a three-game winning run.

Monday

Spain win to zero @ 31/20

Spain endured a tough World Cup but have impressed since by recording three successive victories ahead of England’s visit.

La Roja overcame Gareth Southgate’s men 2-1 at Wembley in September in a close game after they fought back from Marcus Rashford’s opener, but it may be a little more straightforward for Luis Enrique’s men in Seville.

England impressed at the World Cup in Russia as they reached the last four, with Harry Kane claiming the Golden Boot award, but since then the goals have dried up.

The Three Lions have managed just two goals in four games since the semi-final loss to Croatia and looked weak in attack against the same opponents in a 0-0 Nations League draw on Friday, failing to make the most of their chances.

Spain’s defence hasn’t exactly been watertight – they have just three clean sheets in their last eight games – but they should be able to keep England at bay.

Finland to win @ 11/5

Finland have been in fine form on home soil and are unbeaten in their last eight, with their last loss coming nearly a year-and-a-half ago at the hands of Ukraine.

The Finns sit at the top of the pile in League C2, with three wins from as many matches and are yet to concede. They can cement their place at the summit with a win over nearest challengers Greece.

The Greeks were arguably lucky to beat Hungary at home on Friday as they weathered a storm before taking the lead midway through the second half.

Greece have struggled on their travels, with three defeats in their last four away games, including losses to Saudi Arabia and Hungary, and they may find Finland a bit too strong.

Tuesday

France win and both teams to score @ 11/5

The highlight from this latest round of Nations League games is undoubtedly the huge clash between world champions France and Germany on Tuesday.

Joachim Low somehow managed to hold on to his job as Die Mannschaft boss despite their group-stage exit at the World Cup (possibly because he signed a new deal prior to the tournament) and so far that decision by the DfB has paid off.

Germany have managed a draw and a win in two games since their failings in Russia although they could be heading for a defeat on Tuesday.

The visitors have some big absentees as Marco Reus, Antonio Rudiger and Leon Goretzka are all out through injury.

France are unbeaten in their last 14 matches but have looked a little suspect at the back, with five goals conceded in their last four games.

Germany should be able to find a way through although France’s star-studded squad can claim the victory regardless.

Ukraine -1 handicap @ 11/5

Ukraine have made a perfect start in B1, with two wins in two attempts, and they can continue that run with a comfortable win over the Czech Republic.

The hosts managed a credible 1-1 friendly draw in Italy last week and have had a few days off, while the Czechs were in action on Saturday against Slovakia so fatigue could play a part in this fixture.

Ukraine have a good record at home, with just two defeats in their last 10, including successes over Turkey and Serbia, and they should be able to beat a one-goal handicap against a Czech outfit with a questionable defensive record away from home.

The visitors went down 5-1 in Russia in their last away game and prior to that lost 4-0 at a neutral location against Australia.

The Czechs’ only eye-catching win away in their last 13 has come at Iceland. Ukraine should be too strong in this one, with the hosts looking excellent value to claim a win with some room to spare.

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