The second round of matchdays of the UEFA Nations League group stage starts this Saturday. Fifty-five nations are back in action fighting for the top places in their respective groups. Sporticos.com previews all the upcoming fixtures of matchdays 3 and 4 together with detailed news about the TV coverage.
Football Today – UEFA Nations League 2020/21
Date: Saturday 10 October – Wednesday 14 October
Stage: Matchdays 3 & 4
Kick-off times: 14:00 & 17:00 & 19:45 (all UK times)
League A preview
We kick-off our preview with fixtures of League A. In Group 1, Italy will travel to Gdansk where Roberto Mancini’s side will take on Poland. Both teams will be looking to extend their winning runs, having won their last matches back in September. Italy had to hard-fought a 1-0 win against the Netherlands, while Poland came from behind to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1. This will be only a third meeting between the two sides in their history with Italy still undefeated, having won and drawn once. In the other group match, the Netherlands will face Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica.
In Group 2, England will be welcoming Belgium in their first home match of the group stage. Roberto Martinez’s side is currently top of the group with six points, having beaten Denmark and Iceland in their first two matches. Contrarily, England have not been at their best so far in this Nations League campaign, having just scrapped past Iceland thanks to the 91st minute penalty from Raheem Sterling and drawn 0-0 with Denmark. Iceland will take on Denmark in the second match of Group 2.
Group 3 has been nicknamed as the group of death with Portugal, France, Croatia and Sweden all in one pot. France will take on Portugal in the clash of titans at the Stade de France. Both teams are yet to drop points, having won their two opening matches. This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides with France having a better record of the two – two wins versus Portugal’s one. In the other group match, Croatia and Sweden will be looking to bank their first points of the campaign.
Finally, in Group 4, Germany will be seeking their first win after drawing the first two matches against Spain and Switzerland. Joachim Low’s team will face Ukraine who are currently third in the group with three points. This will be only the second meeting between the two teams. Spain, on the other hand, will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against Switzerland. Luis Enrique’s side has accumulated four points from the first two matches.
On matchday 4, Group 1 will see Italy take on the Netherlands in Bergamo, whereas Bosnia and Herzegovina will travel to Poland. In Group 2, England will play their second consecutive home game against Denmark, while Belgium will be travelling to Iceland. In Group 3, Croatia will host France and Portugal will welcome Sweden. Lastly, Group 4 will see Germany hosting Switzerland with Spain travelling to East Europe to face Ukraine.
League B preview
The teams of League B will also be in action starting on Saturday. In Group 1, Northern Ireland will be hunting their first win of the campaign against Austria. Ian Baraclough’s side has taken only a point form the first two matches, drawing 1-1 with Romania and were hopelessly demolished in the last game against Norway 5-1. In the other group match, Norway will host Romania who are currently top of Group 1.
Scotland will be in action in Group 2 welcoming Slovakia to the Hampden Park in Glasgow. The Scots are still unbeaten after the first two games with four points out of six possible. A one-all home draw against Israel was followed with an impressive 2-1 away win in the Czech Republic. Israel, on the other hand, will be seeking their first win of the campaign in a game against the Czechs.
The Group 3 leaders Russia will be hosting Turkey who are yet to win, having taken only a point from the first two matches. The Russians have started their Nations League campaign in an impressive fashion, having beaten both Serbia and Hungary with an average of 3.0 goals in both matches. Serbia will face Hungary in the other group match the same day.
In Group 4, high-flying Wales will take on Ireland in Dublin. Ryan Giggs’ side has won both of their opening matches against Finland and Bulgaria and are currently top of Group 4. This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams with Wales being on the winning side two times. Ireland, on the other hand, are still winless after the first to matches, having drawn with Bulgaria and lost to Finland. The Finnish will face Bulgaria in the other group match.
On matchday 4, Group 1 will see Romania take on Austria, while Northern Ireland will travel to Norway. In Group 2, Scotland will host the Czech Republic and Slovakia will play Israel. In Group 3, Turkey will face Serbia with the group leaders Russia taking on Hungary. Lastly, Group 4 will see Wales travelling to Bulgaria and Finland welcoming Ireland.
League C preview
The League C teams will also continue their battles in a hope of promotion to League B. Group 1 leaders Montenegro will host Azerbaijan after a successful start to the campaign with two wins out of two. In the other group game, Luxembourg will face Cyprus looking to extend their impressive run of performances in the Nations League.
Group 2 presents some of the most interesting results in League C. North Macedonia, Georgia, and Armenia are all separated by only a point. Armenia will take on Georgia, while North Macedonia will travel to Estonia to extend their lead at the top.
In Group 3, Greece and Slovenia are both looking comfortable at the top of the table with four points. The Greeks will play Moldova with Slovenia travelling to Kosovo which can potentially extend their lead at the top even further.
Lastly, the most unpredictable group of them all is Group 4. All four teams Kazakhstan, Belarus, Albania and Lithuania have three points each after the first two matches. Kazakhstan will host Albania, while Belarus will travel to Lithuania on matchday 3.
On matchday 4, Group 1 will see Azerbaijan facing Cyprus and Montenegro hosting Luxembourg. In Group 2, North Macedonia will play Georgia, while Armenia will be travelling to the Baltic States to play Estonia. In Group 3, Greece will host Kosovo and Slovenia will play their second away match in a row against Moldova. Lastly, Group 4 will see Lithuania hosting Albania and Belarus welcoming Kazakhstan.
League D preview
The last part of the Nations League preview looks at the teams in League D. Despite being considered as the weakest division of them all, it still offers some interesting match-ups. Starting with Group 1, Faroe Islands will be seeking their third consecutive win in a game against Latvia, having so far beaten Malta and Andorra. In the other group match, the two aforementioned teams will face each other seeking to claim their first win of this Nations League campaign.
Finally, with only three teams being present in Group 2 of League D, Liechtenstein will host Gibraltar in the top of the group clash. Both teams are currently on three points fighting for the only promotion spot.
On matchday 4, Group 1 will see Latvia taking on Malta and Faroe Islands travelling to Andorra. In Group 2, Liechtenstein will host San Marino in the only game of matchday 4.
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UEFA Nations League – Matchdays 3 & 4 Live on TV
Saturday 10th October (all UK times)
Luxembourg – Cyprus (14:00 Sky Sports Football)
Montenegro – Azerbaijan (14:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Faroe Islands – Latvia (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Liechtenstein – Gibraltar (17:00 Sky Sports Football)
Andorra – Malta (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Spain – Switzerland (19:45 Sky Sports Football)
Ukraine – Germany (19:45 Sky Sports Football)
Sunday 11th October (all UK times)
Kazakhstan – Albania (14:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Republic of Ireland – Wales (14:00 Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event)
Armenia – Georgia (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Netherlands (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Croatia – Sweden (17:00 Sky Sports Premier League)
England – Belgium (17:00 Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event)
Estonia – North Macedonia (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Finland – Bulgaria (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Lithuania – Belarus (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Norway – Romania (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
France – Portugal (19:45 Sky Sports Premier League)
Greece – Moldova (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Iceland – Denmark (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Israel – Czech Republic (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Kosovo – Slovenia (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Northern Ireland – Austria (19:45 Sky Sports Football)
Poland – Italy (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Russia – Turkey (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Scotland – Slovakia (19:45 Sky Sports Main Event)
Serbia – Hungary (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Tuesday 13th October (all UK times)
Azerbaijan – Cyprus (17:00 Sky Sports Football)
Latvia – Malta (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Faroe Islands – Andorra (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Germany – Switzerland (19:45 Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event)
Liechtenstein – San Marino (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Montenegro – Luxembourg (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Ukraine – Spain (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Wednesday 14th October (all UK times)
Finland – Republic of Ireland (17:00 Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event)
Lithuania – Albania (17:00 Sky Sports Red Button)
Belarus – Kazakhstan (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Bulgaria – Wales (19:45 Sky Sports Football)
Croatia – France (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
England – Denmark (19:45 Sky Sports Main Event)
Estonia – Armenia (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Greece – Kosovo (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Iceland – Belgium (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Italy – Netherlands (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Moldova – Slovenia (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
North Macedonia – Georgia (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Norway – Northern Ireland (19:45 Sky Sports Mix)
Poland – Bosnia and Herzegovina (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Portugal – Sweden (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Romania – Austria (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Russia – Hungary (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Scotland – Czech Republic (19:45 Sky Sports Premier League)
Slovakia – Israel (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)
Turkey – Serbia (19:45 Sky Sports Red Button)