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Nations League Best Bets: 3 Best Bets for Tonight’s Nations League Football Action

Nations League Best Bets: 3 Best Bets for Tonight’s Nations League Football Action
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Nations League Best Bets: Friday, September 23rd

The Nations League has gotten a lot of flak from coaches and players alike in recent months, but this round of fixtures could prove to be crucial in the team’s preparation for the first ever winter World Cup. Coaches will be assessing the options available in order to conjure up a winning formula ready for Qatar.

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Italy vs England Preview

Internationals, Nations League, Friday, September 23rd, 19:45 (UK)

These teams meet for the second time since the finals of the European Championship, and these sides’ fortunes have been vastly different since that tournament.

England will use this match as a welcome opportunity to assess their squad ahead of the World Cup in November, while Italy will not be going to Qatar after a disappointing qualifying campaign. Southgate has received a lot of criticism in recent months for what is seen as a defensive style of play, and I expect him to respond by rolling the dice in terms of attacking intent before to the trip to Qatar.

The game between these sides earlier in the group ended in a 0-0 draw, but England did manager to force 10 goal kicks from Italy. Italy are averaging 6.6 goal kicks in their last five competitive matches, and I’m expecting them to have a few here as England’s attackers aim to impress.

England’s last five competitive matches have seen their opponents average over 9 goal kicks. This includes a match away to Germany, where they forced their opponents into 10 goal kicks.

Italy vs England Best Bet

Over 6.5 goal kicks for the home side is priced at 1.83 with bet365, and I’m happy to back that here. England have a wealth of attacking options both in and out of the squad that Southgate has selected, so the players who are involved will have to perform in order to cement their place ahead of the World Cup.

  • Selection: Over 6.5 Goal Kicks
  • Best Odds: 1.83 (Bet365)
  • Stakes: 7/10

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Germany vs Hungary Preview

Internationals, Nations League, Friday, September 23rd, 19:45 (UK)

The other match from the top groups of the Nations League come in the form of Germany vs Hungary. The last two matches these teams have played against each other have ended in a draw, but Germany will be keen to make home advantage count here.

Die Mannschaft had started in blistering fashion under their current coach, Hansi Flick. They won their opening seven games under the new coach, scoring 29 in the process. However, they lost their attacking edge and drew four consecutive games.

They come into this match as favourites and will want to showcase their attacking prowess in order to lay down a marker ahead of the World Cup here. They beat Italy 5-2 in their last match, and I can see them being free scoring again here.

Hungary beat England 4-0 in their last game, and they could take advantage of any defensive frailties the home side display here.

Germany vs Hungary Best Bet

Germany are averaging 3.33 goals per game under Flick, and the fact that Hungary possess an attacking threat of their own should mean that the Germans will look to score a few here. The former Bayern coach will look to have his team pressing from the front, and they should start quickly here with all of the players vying for a starting berth ahead of Qatar 2022.

  • Selection: Germany Over 2.5 Goals
  • Best Odds: 2.10 (Unibet)
  • Stakes: 6/10

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Georgia vs Macedonia Preview

Internationals, Nations League, Friday, September 23rd, 17:00 (UK)

The third match I’m looking at is Georgia vs Macedonia. Georgia are top of the group, three points ahead of Friday’s opponents, so this game will be pivotal in the eventual outcome of the group.

Georgia won the reverse fixture 3-0 away from home, despite having just 38% of the ball. They will look to be just as incisive in attack this time around. Although Macedonia dominated the ball last time out, they failed to create any significant opportunities.

Georgia are unbeaten in their last 10 matches, and I think they will do well here. I was surprised to see the price on the home side given how emphatic their win in Macedonia was, but there is a chance that the result was a one off.

Georgia vs Macedonia Best Bet

I’m backing the home side to win at 1.95 with bet365 here. Georgia are on a fine run of form and although these teams are closely matched in terms of personnel, home advantage should be enough to see them through here.

  • Selection: Georgia To Win
  • Best Odds: 2.10 (Unibet)
  • Stakes: 6/10

Odds as at 14:00 September 22nd 2022. Odds may now differ.

More Georgia vs Macedonia Tips

Odds via bet365 as at 14:00 September 22nd 2022. Odds may now differ.

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