The Nations League semi-finals take place on Wednesday and Thursday with Portugal, Switzerland, England and the Netherlands all hoping to make it into the final of UEFA’s newest international tournament.
After the four countries all successfully negotiated the group stage last year, they now have the chance to win an international trophy in Portugal.
Portugal v Switzerland – Portugal to win to zero – 6/4
The hosts have made it through and will hope to use home advantage to good effect when they face Switzerland in Porto as the European champions look to also become inaugural Nations League winners.
Unsurprisingly, Portugal are favourites to come out on top in the first semi on Wednesday but the 5/8 match odds on a home win are not particularly enticing. Fernando Santos has assembled a squad packed with experience and plenty of star names, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho and Pepe, so backing them to win to zero on the night might be a more astute option.
The Swiss remain a well-organised and solid outfit but lack the star men likely to be able to really trouble Portugal in the last four. Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri is probably their highest-profile player and comes into the game fresh after not featuring for the Reds in Saturday’s Champions League final.
Netherlands v England – England to win @ 29/20
Thursday’s second semi is expected to be a much-closer affair and, as the match odds underline, there may not be too much to choose between the two countries on the night. The Three Lions are marginal favourites but the Netherlands have improved considerably in the past 12 months and appear desperate to make up for the embarrassment of failing to qualifying for both Euro 2016 and last summer’s World Cup.
Both squads contain players involved in the Champions League final with Dutch duo Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk set to line up against Liverpool clubmates Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Danny Rose all played for Spurs in Madrid.
How fresh and fit those aforementioned eight will be is up for debate and there must be a big question mark over Kane’s ability to lead the line for the Three Lions after he rushed himself back to face the Reds but looked well short of his best.
Netherlands v England – Correct score 1-2 @ 35/4
However, Gareth Southgate exceeded expectations last summer when guiding his side to the semi-finals of the World Cup and he can oversee another victory on Thursday to make the Nations League final, although it is unlikely to be straightforward with 2-1 in the correct score market appealing at 35/4.
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