England May Fall Short in Belgium

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There is a busy night of Nations League action on Sunday and we have delved into some of the biggest games!

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez

England head to Belgium in the Nations League on Sunday knowing only a win will do if they are to keep their hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.

Gareth Southgate’s men go into the contest on the back of a convincing 3-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland and there are reasons to be optimistic.

Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish starred against the Irish and is likely to retain his place in the starting line-up, and the Three Lions won the reverse fixture 2-1 just over a month ago.

However, the Red Devils have talisman midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who went off injured at Wembley, raring to go and the Manchester City man can make the difference on Sunday.

The hosts are missing Eden Hazard and keeper Thomas Kaminski but have enough strength in depth to cope with those absentees.

Belgium lead the way in Group 2 and know a point will see them hold on to top spot regardless of how Denmark fare against Iceland.

England have to win if they are to keep their Nations League title hopes alive, and that could play into Belgium’s hands as they are excellent on the counter.

A Belgium win looks the best option in this clash at 5/4, and a De Bruyne anytime goal at 10/3 looks worth some consideration.

The City star doesn’t have the best scoring record at international level with 19 strikes in 76 games, but he could well be on spot-kick duties on Sunday and will also take any free-kicks in striking range for his side.

Hungary Too Hot for Wounded Serbia

In the League B level of the Nations League, Hungary entertain Serbia and both sides go into this match on the back of Euro 2020 play-offs.

Hungary claimed a sensational win as two late goals saw them beat Iceland 2-1 to book a spot in next summer’s major tournament, while Serbia suffered heartache as they were bested on penalties by Scotland.

As such, the Hungarians should go into this one in confident mood and they look good value at 9/4 to pick up a win as they bid to keep the pressure on group leaders Russia.

Hungary won the reverse fixture 1-0 and have three wins and a draw in their last three games. The visitors are out of form and haven’t managed to win a match in 90 minutes in 2020, so at a big price the home win really stands out here.

Slovenia Look a Home Banker

Slovenia look well placed to secure promotion from League C level and a win over Kosovo at home looks a formality.

Slovenia have 10 points from four Nations League games so far and are bidding to extend a six-game unbeaten run.

Kosovo have managed just two points after their four games and have lost seven of their last nine games, drawing the other two.

A Slovenia win is on offer at 5/6 and they should have the quality to pick up maximum points on Sunday.

*All odds correct at time of writing

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