Belgium v Netherlands16/10/2018 19:45
Ukraine v Czech Republic16/10/2018 19:45
Norway v Bulgaria16/10/2018 19:45
|Over 1.5 goals|
France v Germany16/10/2018 19:45
Firstly, Van Dijk has gone back to Liverpool after agreeing to just play against Germany. Which is a big loss as he is the glue that holds both the Netherlands and Liverpool’s defence together. Whereas, Belgium have kept all their big stars for this match and their home form is just terrific.
The Dutch maybe on a high after their big win against Germany, but it is their only real success in quite some time. They have struggled after failing to make back to back tournaments and come up against a brilliant Belgian team in this one.
Belgium haven’t lost at home since Roberto Martinez’s first game against Spain. Since that loss, they went on to be the top scorer’s in the World Cup and have averaged 2+ goals in six of their last seven matches.
Belgium have won their last four matches in a row and I can see the Netherlands struggling against the likes of Lukaku and Hazard, especially without Van Dijk. The hosts have also kept four clean sheets in their last five international friendlies, but I don’t think they will keep one tonight. Yet, I see them scoring 2+ goals tonight and the value is certainly there for a home win.
This was a feisty affair in their first meeting, but I see Norway having a bit more success this time around. They lost 1-0 in Bulgaria and even went down to ten men in the 88th minute as they reached eight cards for the match.
However, Norway are in great form despite that loss. They have won six of their last seven matches while keeping clean sheets in three of their last four. Bulgaria are also in fine form with four wins on the bounce. They have seen both teams score and won in three of their last four wins.
Both teams have the ability to get a goal but the stats point more towards Norway in this one. Bulgaria have a pretty poor record away from home with six losses in their last eight games on the road. In the process conceding 23 goals in eight matches away from home. But, they have seen both teams score in all four of their last away fixtures.
Ukraine go into this match as bookies favourites and it’s clear to see why. They are unbeaten in their last eight matches while scoring in all but one. Yet, they have never beaten the Czech Republic at home as they compete for the top spot in the UEFA Nations League.
The Czech Republic have conceded struggled recently with a mixed bag of results in their last seven games. They have won three and lost four while conceding a massive 17 goals in the process. The reverse fixture was a 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic.
I can see Ukraine scoring two goals and it will be hard for the Czech Republic to score in this match as Ukraine have kept five clean sheets in their last eight home matches.
How much longer does Joachim Low have? After a big 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands, there will be serious room for concern in the German camp. France are unbeaten in their last eight competitive home fixtures, winning seven and drawing just one.
Germany will be licking their wounds going into this match, and I just don’t think they will get anything against France who are so strong at home. Germany getting thumped 3-0 by a team that hasn’t even featured in a tournament for four years will not do wonders for their already low confidence.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last 14 games while scoring 2+ goals in five of their last seven matches. Low seems reluctant to make big changes to the squad and I cannot see them improving for this match. Iceland’s shock draw will be good for France as it prepares them to really focus in this match with a full strength team.
Steven is the product manager on BettingLounge and is an experienced iGaming writer who has been working in the industry since 2018.
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